Illustration has it’s advantages: instant context
April 9, 2013
Show all


Welcome to our new blog. I am the current president of the Society of Illustrators San Diego and I will be contributing, along with all the other members of the society. We will have a mix of topics that will include step-by-step instructions, inspiration, reviews of art, musings and miscellany. Feel free to bookmark us to check in from time to time. We have an amazingly talented group of artists that are a constant inspiration to me. Allow me to introduce you to our group of professional illustrators that are featured on the website.

Chris Adams joined our group several years ago and jumped right in, helping with the website and whatever needed to be done to keep the group moving forward. He impressed us with his illustrations, enthusiasm and positive attitude. He has had some big clients like Coca-Cola, but also works with smaller clients. His latest illustrations were for the book Molly The Owl. They are beautiful renderings of the famous Molly the owl from San Marcos. People from all over the world watched Molly and then saw her eggs hatch.

Denise Hilton Campbell is our newest member.  Denise does beautiful illustrations of people and I especially like her use of pattern and texture. She is internationally recognized and has done book illustration, advertising, corporate identity, packaging and even fine art prints. She has a wonderful sense of style and I look forward to getting to know her better.

Kim Fraley is a past president of the Society of Illustrators and has kept this group going for years. She’s a ball of fun energy and always makes me laugh. Her pencil renderings are brilliant and her figure paintings are vibrant and lively. She shares her talent at the Sunday figure drawing class at Palomar College. The Society of Illustrators sponsors this class and it’s held every other Sunday. Check the website for details. Kim is also an avid equestrian and you can tell from her drawings of horses that she has a complete understanding of the anatomy of these animals.

I first saw Helen Shaffer Garcia’s paintings in San Diego Home and Garden in the edible plant section. Her style is unmistakable. She creates things with watercolor that I never thought possible. I finally got to know Helen through mutual artist friends and we sometimes get to go out and draw and paint in San Diego with the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Helen is also an excellent teacher and has workshops that I’m sure she will be telling us about here in her blog. Most of the workshops are local but sometimes they are in exotic locations like Italy and Mexico.

I have known Ken Joudrey since college. We both suffered through sleepless nights and grueling deadlines as students at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has always been an accomplished artist but still continues to grow and astonish me with his talent and ability to render fruit so believably that I want to pick it off the board and eat it. His current illustrations of sports stars for Upper Deck trading cards amaze me not only for their artistic merit but also that he must use a brush with one hair for most of them since they are about 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches at best.

Ned Norman won’t brag about some of the big jobs he’s done so I will. He’s worked for Disney, Hanna Barbara, Warner Brothers and Sara Lee. Some of his step-and-repeat design work has been seen on different TV shows, including just recently the show Mike and Molly. He has expanded and is now working on collectibles, publishing and online media markets.

Tracy Sabin has been with the Society of Illustrators since way back. Tracy constantly surprises me with his creative abilities. The first illustrations I saw were done in a graphic style and were of rock stars. They were brilliant. I then came across a beautiful tile mosaic at the airport and saw that it was done by Tracy. It also had a beautiful graphic feel, but was interpreted in tile mosaic. Later I was in a gallery and saw several oil paintings that were stunning, again, Tracy’s. He’s always doing amazing new things and each one better than the last. His new children’s book characters are adorable. On top of all this he can use computer programs like Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design and Muse; along with Strata Design 3D and e-on Vue.

Doug Schneider has been an illustrator for about 25 years. He has worked with a long list of big name clients that include Smucker’s, Tree Top and St. Ive’s. Most of his work is beautiful fruit, food and flowers but I just noticed he’s also done work for Victoria Secret. I’ll have to ask him about that one. He has a loyal following of art directors that must keep him on speed dial.

And then there’s me, Lori Mitchell. I have been drawing since I was about 2 years old. I always wanted to be an artist and I’m thrilled that I get to be an illustrator and art teacher for a living. I have done editorial (Boston Globe, Union Tribune, Entrepreneur magazine…) advertising (Foote, Cone & Belding, Century 21, SDG&E…) and children’s books (Different Just Like Me, Holly bloom’s garden and 8 others). I even got to go to Chicago to be on Oprah with my first children’s book. I am honored to be associated with this group of very talented artists not just as professionals, but as friends too. I hope you can stop by and get to know us a little better in the coming months.

Comments are closed.