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Just realized I have two friends with birthdays today and tomorrow. So I hopped on Photoshop and made this card. (It’ll be personalized with their names when I send it.)

Happy Birthday card with beach scene


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I’ve had the idea for this one kicking around for a while. Actually it dates back to a piece I did way back when, just out of college, with a woman’s¬†silhouetted profile and leaves blowing in the wind.

Now she’s back. The picture here is the initial “sketch” in Photoshop. I suspect I’ll be changing the landscape a bit and maybe adding a few wind turbines. I’ll post more as she progresses.


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Wolf pack logoI just started a new Meetup group for creative people in the Champaign-Urbana, IL area. I’m calling it Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack and it’s just a monthly (more or less) gathering for creative inspiration – where artists, writers, musicians, businesspeople and other creative women & men can get together and inspire each other through sharing and encouragement.

A logo seemed in order, so here’s my attempt.

If you’re in the area you’re welcome to join. Here’s the link: Wild Woman’s Wolf Pack Meetup


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Women holding up earth illustration

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Actually it has nothing to do with the IRS. If it did I probably would have made it a pit bull. A drooling one.

Part of the forthcoming  Partnership With Earth website project is a sustainable living audit. Somehow the idea of a dog at the desk was appealing, to put a little lightness and humor into it.  This was my first version:

Illustration: dog at desk

I chose a standard poodle because my dog-crazy 13 year old daughter wants a puppy and we’ve been researching dog¬†breeds and have pretty much narrowed it down to that one. I like to run and she likes to train dogs to do tricks so we had to have a breed that¬†likes both activities. (I never thought of poodles as¬† runners but according to a bunch of¬†runner’s forums I visited they’re pretty stellar at long distance running.)¬†¬†Standard poodles are¬†very smart but not as hyper as Border collies (another one we’d considered.) And the no-shed thing is a definite plus. (Our Lab-Boxer mix, Jasmine, is currently in full swing with¬†her biannual ritual of sprinkling the house liberally with little black hairs.)

Anyway,¬†we ended up having the dog (the one in the picture, not the potential and as yet theoretical new addition to the family) actually filling out the audit rather than simply inviting one to do so. So here’s the final version:

Illustration: Dog writing at desk

It was pretty fun to do. All the overlapping meant having to really keep track of the layers.

Now, if only I could get Clara to train Jasmine to do the taxes!

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Illustration of man harvesting applesMore illustrations for the Partnership With Earth project. One of our goals is to illustrate examples of activities which are not only eco-friendly, but which promote bonding with others and/or with Nature. ¬†Like harvesting apples with one’s family…(I didn’t include the apple trees because they’re part of the background scene these will go into.)

Illustration: pregnant woman picking apples
Illustration: toddler peeking between legsIllustration: basket of apples

If there had been room it would have been nice to include a group of people pressing apples for cider

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Clarinet player illustrationMusic is one of the biggest reasons to be alive. So of course it’s the first thing they cut from school budgets. They really ought to increase music instruction when the budget gets tight. It’s a really effective way to increase test scores while packing more kids into a classroom.

This is series of musician illustrations for the Partnership With Earth website project. The clarinet player was one of the first ones I did. At that point I was still working in 72 dpi and trying to match the style of another artist.

You can see the progression – I did the musicians with the blue backgrounds last.


Drummer illustration


String bass player illustration

Cello player illlustration

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Man pushing wheelbarrow full of gold
Gold Miner digital illustration

Another one for the website project.

This one was fun to do. I used two different reference photos so the figure is really a composite of two models. The pile of gold is a separate layer – I just kind of winged it but I like the way it turned out.
The gold actually puts me in mind of dragons. Maybe I’ll do one of those soon! Do you think dragons are best with wings?

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barbie doll in pink dress Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I played with Barbie. I probably made her muck out stalls for my Breyer riding dolls.¬† But I spent some time today in Barbie land. I found a job posting for someone looking for a doll illustrator and thought, what the heck? Why not? So I went for it.

The most fun part was adding the sparkly effect to the dress. It allowed me to use a brush setting that I usually find ultra annoying, called “dissolve.”

Definitely layers were the way to go. (It is, of course, all about clothes and hair.) That way I can do things like add different accessories – like the jewelly stuff below. I could even make her a brunette if I wanted to.

Which reminds me of a Barbie-style doll I picked up at a thrift store once. She came with a gold tooth and tattoos. I called her “Biker Chick Barbie.” The kids thought she was hideous.


barbie doll with accessories

Hmmm...how about adding a giant snake to the background layer?

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