Hiker Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Hiker Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 3.5″h x 12″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 which I did win the grant. This design is scheduled to be put up in 2023 in the new concourse that is scheduled to be completed at that time. It is 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.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Cycle Totem

Illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Cycle Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 3.5″h x 12″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 which I did win the grant. This design is scheduled to be put up in 2023 in the new concourse that is scheduled to be completed at that time. It is 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.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Skier Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Skier Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 3.5″h x 12″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 which I did win the grant. This design is scheduled to be put up in 2023 in the new concourse that is scheduled to be completed at that time. It is 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.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Horse Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Horse Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 4″h x 13.25″w, 2021.

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 Grants Pass Downs racetrack in Grants Pass, Oregon. Unfortunately, this design was not selected.

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

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Paddle Totem

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.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Devine Canines Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Devine Canines Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 9″h x 30″w, T-shirt Image Size: 4″h x 13.25″w, 1998.

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.

Canines are so admired these days they are almost revered as deities. Many ancient cultures regarded they with high esteem and symbols of them can be found on ancient artifacts; however, these modern-day canine totems represent the playful, witty, and humorous canines who preserve fun and joy in our lives.

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

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Bear Beings

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Bear Beings

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 11″h x 33″w, T-shirt Image Size: 4.25″h x 13″w, 1999, Revised 2022.

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. Though bears are a venerated symbol to many ancient cultures, totemic symbols of bears are not commonly found among ancient artifacts, so even though these totems are a bit whimsical, they represent the funky characteristics of these intelligent beings.
Sketched in pencil. Scanned into the computer and floated. Painting, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Reptile Style Totem

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Reptile Style Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 13″h x 32″w, T-shirt Image Size: 6″h x 15″w, 1999, Revised 2022.

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.

Reptiles and amphibians have appeared in ancient art for centuries, but these funky reptiles not only look cool, but they also act cool too! Hey! If you sported patterns as interesting as our reptilian friends, you’d probably act funky too.

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

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.

Artist Totem

Illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Artist Totem

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 21″h x 21″w, T-shirt Image Size: 10″h x 10″w, 2019.

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 was going to enter my Artist Totem to apply for a public art grant for Scottsdale, Arizona, but I did not follow through on the entry.

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

Note: Image Watermark of Copyright and/or Website are NOT on the Original.