Known Fear

Garment illustration by Janet Tarjan Erl

Known Fear

Medium: Watercolor, Digital/Photoshop, Image Size: 20”h x 18″w, 1991.

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.

This cute, anthropomorphic bear design is of one of my favorite recreation activities-mountain biking! When I first painted this design, it had a human rider crossing the log. I had entered this design for the 1991 Humbug Hurry-Up bike race T-shirt design which I did not win. I later changed the person to a bear and offered this design to Black Bear Diner. Unfortunately, though I thought this would make a great shirt for the diners to sell, the corporation decided not to carry this design. This was part of my Known Fear collection which was a spoof on the popular No Fear designs.

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

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