Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Paddle Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 4″h x 13.25″w, 2003.

This design was originally created as an apparel design for T-shirts. It was one of the designs in my preprinted T-shirt line called Funky Totems. Funky Totems can be defined as a colorful, graphic style with humorous characters. They are a modern-day twist on the ancient totems of indigenous peoples. Whereas our ancestors from long ago depicted the animals, plants, and spirit beings of their time, I have reinterpreted that simplistic style to show the many things that go on in our present-day culture, but I did so in a fun and or humorous way.

I entered this design to win a public art grant for Salt Lake City Airport. Though I was awarded three different grants, they did not select this design. The other three designs are scheduled to be put up in 2023 in the new concourse that is scheduled to be completed at that time. They are part of a series of public art called Whimsy Walls.

Sketched in pencil. Scanned into the computer and floated. Painting, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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