Recent illustrations

I was very pleased to be asked to create some digital figurative cartoons for a nonprofit website project, including a potter at her wheel and a painter at his easel.

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IPainter at easel illlustration‘ve been doing some illustration work for the Partnership With Earth Foundation (PWEF), a nonprofit focused on raising sustainability consciousness.

They’ve begun an ambitious website project which will introduce a unique  approach to understanding sustainable living. I’m very excited about it and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more about it as the project unfolds.

Anyway, the  website will be interactive and highly illustrated with a multitude of little figures who represent different aspects of a sustainable lifestyle.

According to PWEF founder Lance DuRand, taking a more “right-brained”  approach to life helps to foster a more long-term-sustainable worldview.  So the figures I’m doing represent (for the most part) activities which use primarily that part of the brain.

Of course the arts are about as right brained as you get, and I was very pleased to be asked to create a painter and a potter.  Here they are!

Potter at wheel illustration

 

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Birthday resolution and pest control

Did you know that if you stay calm, and if the wasp is not defending its nest, you can actually remove the critters from unwanted areas (like porches) barehanded?

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OK, it’s my 43rd birthday and since I didn’t bother making a New Year’s resolution I’m going to make one today – to start posting stuff on my blog as I do it.

Which means I have a lot of catching up to do. I’ll be posting recent work over the next few days or so.

Most of what I’ve been doing is digital illustration, although I’ve got a few watercolors in the works. Here’s a quick piece I did in Photoshop as a study for a watercolor:

Digital illustration girl and wasp

Yes, that’s a wasp she has on her finger. (It’s a little rough since as I mentioned this was a quick study.)

Did you know that if you stay calm, and if the wasp is not defending its nest, you can actually remove the critters from unwanted areas (like porches) barehanded? No need for smashing or slapping lids on containers. They’ll step right on to your finger with some encouragement. Then all you have to do is stay calm and radiate love – and move very slowly towards the door. The hardest part can actually be getting them to leave your finger.

Wear gloves if you want.

Have a great day!!

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Angel in progress – digital illustration

This is my second attempt at this piece. Many more layers to go. The falcon at the top is still just sketched in.

I’ve had several dreams of falcons and sightings of real ones during the past year.  And for some reason angels have been coming into my work and consciousness.

My kids were kind enough to pose for a photo shoot a few weeks back. Mostly I was after their hands but I had my son do this pose and this piece just kind of flowed naturally out of it.

The falcon, amongst other things, is significant as a symbol for life’s purpose. My dream falcon was very large and white – I’ll try to make this one look like him once I start filling him in.

One thing I really like about Photoshop is that if you just don’t like where you’re heading, you can save the file under another name, delete whatever layers aren’t working out, and keep going with the original drawing or whatever you had that was working – like going back in time and taking a different route.  (Physicists now tell us the concept of progressive time is an illusion, and being able to work this way makes that seem plausible!) 🙂

My first attempt was started before my daughter opened my eyes to some of the possibilities of the medium. I was liking it until I realized how I could have approached it – then did the time warp trick and came up with something I am liking even better!  I’ll post again when it’s done.

Angel illustration, unfinished
My first (primitive) attempt at the angel.

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Fairy portrait illustration

This fairy painting (Photoshop illustration) started as a doodle while on a phone call.

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Portait of a female fairyThis fairy painting (Photoshop illustration) started as a doodle while on a phone call. I didn’t really finish it but learned a lot so I got what I wanted out of the piece.

Haven’t shown it to my daughter yet. She’s something of a fairy fan.  She will probably tell me all the ways in which I deviated from true fairy anatomy.

That’s ok. Nobody else will know. That’s one of the nice things about the fairy realm.  If you get it wrong nobody knows.

Unless they happen to be twelve and a half.

 

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