Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl


Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 21”h x 18″w, ©2000.

At the time this design was created, my husband and I owned Trekker Designs, an apparel decorating company, and one of the things we did was to screen print our designs onto apparel products and novelty gifts and sell them to our wholesale clients. One of our biggest clients was the Black Bear Diner Corporation. This design was one of the many black bear artworks we created which were printed on clothing, mugs, and cards that we sold to Black Bear Diner to sell in their diners and to be worn by employees. I thought this would make an interesting design by having the bear comprised of twelve different animals. It’s not really a bear after all.

Things aren’t always what they appear to be as is the case with this Unbearlievable Bear. What at first appears to be a nice portrait of a bear head, is actually an image comprised of many hidden animals. Can you find the Wolf, Bobcat, Golden Eagle, American Goldfinch, Racoon, Gray Squirrel, Coyote, Black Bear, Red Fox, Mule Deer Fawn, Great Horned Owl, and the Western Harvest Mouse?

Painted in watercolor, scanned into the computer, floated, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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