Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Unusual Growth

Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 22”h x 14″w, ©2002.

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. Unfortunately, though I thought this would make a great shirt for the diners to sell, the corporation decided not to carry this design.

The temperate rainforest of the Pacific Coast is beautiful and amazing. There is so much plant growth that even a notch in a tree will grow something, so I wondered what would happen if you stayed in one place a little too long, and this design is what I figured would happen-you’d get a hairdo of ferns. It’s not a good hair day for that bear.

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

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