art & illustration
CURRENT PROJECT: Book Cover Art Design; Attorney Robert B. French Jr.’s account of his defense of Judith Anne Neelley in her capital murder trial.
Bob hired Claire to design and develop his soon-to-be-published book’s website. We hired Godwin Photography to shoot images of Bob for the website and book cover art. Bob and I discussed using a sketch of the cliffside of Little River Canyon that he had kept all these years. It was sort of a doodle he’d made during the trial. While I liked that idea, I also kept thinking that it would be amazing to have his face on the cover.
As I was researching concepts, I came across this amazing hand drawn art piece by Norwegian artist, Bengt Andre`Kolsrud. I asked the Godwin’s to capture an image during their photo shoot similar to Kolsrud’s, with the idea of superimposing Little River Canyon into Bob’s iris. I implemented a high pass filter technique in Adobe Photoshop and chose a hunt club green overlay, because, for some reason, dark blue and deep green make me think of the law and justice.
I have to admit I had mixed feelings about the project. Having worked for Bob as a paralegal, I always wanted to ask him about the case and I knew there were hundreds of case files stored away in boxes in the basement of the law office. But for some reason, I never brought it up. I have a great deal of respect for him as a person and as an attorney and was honored to have the opportunity to create the cover art for the book. However, at the time of the murder, my Daddy was one of the investigators assigned to the murder case. I remember overhearing my Daddy telling my Mama about the calls that came from the murderer to the police department describing where she had thrown the body. I remember their frantic search. I also remember the day that my Daddy and the other members of the team pulled Lisa Anne Millican’s body from the canyon. I had never seen him that angry. The whole community shared in the horror and shock when we learned what exactly had happened to Lisa Anne. Without having read the book, I was attempting to illustrate that the book’s point of view is entirely from Bob’s vantage point at the edge of the cliff, as he recalls the fight to defend Neelley from Alabama’s electric chair.
ticket designPearl Jam Ticket Throw Pillow
Caitlin’s husband, Clay, surprised her with tickets to Pearl Jam for her birthday. I wanted to make a pillow out of the ticket for her as a Christmas gift. I pulled together elements from Pearl Jam’s album artwork and traditional ticket designs with the particulars of the event to create this pillow case design. I printed the artwork on an iron-on transfer and sewed a rectangular pillow form.
recipe for pinterest style pinnable layout
Adobe Illustrator CC
pen and ink illustration
For my granddaughter, Aliyah’s, birthday, I drew her portrait as the princess that she is. I drew her on a piece of paper, cut out the drawing and glued it to a white gift bag. Then I drew in background elements as in Disney’s “Tangled”.
portrait sketch project
I created this digital portrait piece for my daughter, Claire’s, website, www.clairivore.com. She was looking for a featured image of herself for an article she wrote entitled, Hype Cycle. We liked the way it turned out so much that she decided to use a cropped version for her site’s favicon. I’ve learned the reason these types of Photoshop projects sometimes turn out badly is because the original image is poor quality, so I started with a beautiful image from one of Claire’s portrait sessions with Jesi.