Bald Eagle Beadwork

Illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Bald Eagle Beadwork

Medium: Digital Photoshop, Image Size: 21″h x 21″w, T-shirt Image Size: 12”h x 12”w, 1998.

I did this illustration of a Bald Eagle portrait as part of my Native Visions preprint line for T-shirts. Native Visions was a collection of illustrations where wildlife and Native American beadwork were combined together. Each design pays homage to an important animal in Native American mythology. The beadwork is painted to create the illusion of beads complete with imperfections. It was done in Photoshop, and I created my own custom bead brushes to do it. This is a noble portrait of an eagle, and it represents American pride. Whether it symbolizes pride or represents courage, the Bald Eagle has been admired throughout the ages.

Painted in watercolor. Scanned into the computer and floated. Digital painting and enhancements, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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

American Eagle

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

American Eagle

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 12″h x20″w, 2000.

I did this illustration of a Bald Eagle as part of my Native Visions preprint line for T-shirts. Native Visions was a collection of illustrations where wildlife and Native American beadwork were combined together. Each design pays homage to an important animal in Native American mythology. The beadwork is painted to create the illusion of beads complete with imperfections. It was done in Photoshop, and I created my own custom bead brushes to do it. I admire eagles because they are stately and beautiful birds. The Bald Eagle is the national symbol of the United States, and for many Americans it represents American pride. Native Americans also admire the Bald Eagle. Whether it symbolizes pride or represents courage, the Bald Eagle has been admired throughout the ages.

Painted in watercolor. Scanned into the computer and floated. Digital painting and enhancements, graphics, colors, effects, and text were done in Photoshop.

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

Where the Wind Sighs

Watercolor painting of a Bald Eagle by Janet Tarjan Erl.

Where the Wind Sighs

Medium: Watercolor, Image Size: 20”h x 34”w, 1991.

This watercolor painting is of a majestic and confident Bald Eagle. The scene is one of the many spectacular places in Misty Fjords National Park, Alaska. This painting required many complex washes to build up the values and avoid painting lighter areas. The lichen on the tree were especially complex with many textural variations requiring very tiny washes and tiny brushes.

I was inspired to do this watercolor after a flight in the Misty Fjords National Monument, Alaska. I had just won the Owen Gromme Grant and used the money to pay for a guided trip in Alaska where I saw this unique and beautiful scene. This Bald Eagle was a good compliment to this Pacific northwest scene.

Original is sold.

Reproductions available.

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