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Brooke Connor is an illustrator based in Boulder, Colorado. She uses alcohol markers to create incredibly colorful images of wildlife, both native to the Rocky Mountains and worldwide. The use of color and personal interaction with the subject makes Brooke’s work unmistakable. Recently, Brooke has been captivated by the endless opportunities provided by digital art.
Brooke’s early works were completed exclusively with Rapidograph pens and black ink. When alcohol markers became available, Brooke discovered both a style and a passion. Her designs are created on Bristol Board and begin as realistic line drawings. Starting with the lightest, most transparent shades, layers of ink are applied using the varied interaction of the different hues for texture. When extra texture is needed, Brooke adds patterns to her pieces. Inspired by fabric arts like quilting, knitting, and ribbon designs, the patterns fill the shapes defined by the musculature of the animal. Lastly, the purpose of each piece is to connect the viewer with the subject. Sometimes with the eyes, sometimes with the attitude, the chosen pose is always meant to communicate with the viewer.
The American Kestrel is a common, small raptor (bird of prey). So while they may look all cute and fluffy, they'll rip the head off anything they can catch. 8x8" stretched canvas
Miss Congeniality entered a beauty contest, and got the booby prize. Her drawing is based on a horned frog, found, I think, in Africa. 8x8" stretched canvas