“Wisdom” Illustration for #IllustrationFriday

Digital Illustration

This week’s illustration prompt was WISDOM. Right away I knew I wanted to draw a women standing by the ocean and have her shadows be versions of her younger selves. I wanted the shadows to represent how we gain wisdom as we age. I decided the best way to do this would be to create a digital collage. I used a photograph of the ocean I took many years ago at Cannon Beach, Oregon. I hand painted the woman in Photoshop and then used copy-right free silhouettes from Pixabay as the shadows.

Wisdom-by Heidi_Cogdill

Wisdom by Heidi Cogdill

From Sketch to Illustration – Week 6 #52greetings

Digital Illustration, Photoshop

This week’s #52greetings card design was inspired by my son, who loves the rain and cats. He especially loves playing in the rain and it always makes me smile seeing him stomping through the puddles…even at 13 years old. Unfortunately, we live in Phoenix and he doesn’t get a whole lot of rain and when it does rain, it’s typically accompanied by thunder and lightning, so he watches the rain fall from indoors.

I always start with a sketch. Lately, I’ve been using my drawing as a background to each illustration rather than inking in Photoshop directly.



I do any cleanup as needed before laying over a fill color. For this illustration I used a grey color. Then I begin to build up color over the sketch.

Here is the finalized illustration/greeting card.


If you’d like to check out all the other talented artists search #52greetings on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll be posting all my weekly cards on Instagram.

June 2016 Coloring Calendar – Digital Painting

Fashion Illustration, Photoshop

As a watercolor and doodle artist, I love my pens and paints. Photoshop was a necessary evil that I had to learn in order to edit my art and prep for printing, but I never imagined I’d paint in Photoshop. After watching some of my fellow artists Periscope about using Photoshop in their art and illustrations I caught the bug and started playing with all I’d learned. I have to tell you, painting in Photoshop is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to do. I think that’s because I can always undo things. I love to have tons of layers so I can edit or remove anything that I don’t like. It offers the artist a lot of creative power.

I’ve been practicing most of my digital painting skills with my children’s book characters, but today I used one of the fashion illustrations I created for the 2016 calendar. I used June since it was a more complex drawing to apply color to.

Don’t worry I won’t be giving up my paints any time soon, but Photoshop is definitely now part of my tool kit.

Digital Painting by Heidi Cogdill