Original Art | Illustration | Graphic Design | Marketing
With a Masters of Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I have a passion for taking an emotion, idea or story and creating an image that visually expresses that idea.
All Images are Copyrighted by Rachel M Cotton. All Rights Reserved.
I happened into Graphic Design in much different way than most designers. After grad school I was hired as a pre-press manager at a Savannah print shop. I learned the back-end requirements of printing by correcting other designer's files to properly prepare them for print before progressing to creating the designs myself. This type of training allowed me to create design work with the full notion of the final product. As a result, I am able to prepare for proper output and reproduction from the onset of a project.
I designed the work on this page in a freelance capacity.
One of the most exciting moments of living an artistic life comes when someone approaches me with an excitement about an idea. I am humbled by the trust someone gives me to help them bring their idea to life. The paintings seen here are all examples of a client working with me to bring an idea into existence on the physical plane.
Digital Illustration is an exciting process for me. I begin with an ink drawing of an idea, concept or personality. I scan that image into the computer and digitally paint and render the image using a Wacom tablet and Stylus. Layering textures, colors and other elements creates a bold, rich final image that I truly adore.
Drawings and Sketches
I really enjoy drawing or sketching on site. The energy of a place and the effect of the place or person on me become apparent in the images. I find it fascinating to see the final product of a sketch session. It's as if the image creates itself in front of my eyes, and it is never what I expect it will be.