Keeping Memories Alive: Restoring and Re-imagining an Old Photograph in Photoshop

I normally use Photoshop to draw and paint and so I love having opportunities to use it for things that are outside of my regular range of tasks. Here, I restored a photo that is old and damaged. It is the memento of a dear friend.

Here is the original photo, pre-restoration, with stains and marks.


Below, I have used the healing brush, clone stamp, and the channel mixer to remove the damage.

After restoring it, I added color and changed the background. I considered adding another figure that I had found in an old photo archive. But, I wanted to give my friend the final piece. Because of that, it was important to me to preserve the essence of the memory as is. She was delighted with the result : ).


This was certainly a fun project. There is definitely room for improvement, but I am content with the result.

Thanks for looking! Feel free to comment, like or share!


A Summer’s Worth of Blooms: Pen and ink flower illustrations.

Hi there! So, it’s no secret that I love flowers. I think they have the loveliest sense of design and that they settle into the prettiest shapes. From robust blooms to delicate little sprouts; they just delight me!

This spring,  I attended an artist talk by Joan Linder. Seeing her intricate ink illustrations reminded me of how much I enjoyed working in ink. I love the boldness and the permanency of the lines and how every stroke is a statement that I can not take back.

So, I thought, wouldn’t it be a nice challenge to draw in ink? I know of many artists that do this phenomenally and I have always admired that. Below are flower ink illustrations that I have done this summer. They are done in my sketch pad with a micron pen. They are drawn from garden walks and flowers in my neighborhood. Enjoy!




Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

Anterior and Posterior Knee Joint Anatomy: Medical Illustration Line Work

All of the floral ink illustrations that I have been posting on my Instagram have been inspiring me to revisit some line work that I have done in the past. I revisited the medical illustration shown below. It depicts the anterior and posterior view of the knee joint.

This is the initial pencil sketch. I tried to problem-solve the transition from pencil illustration to line art here. Looking back, I am happy with some of the solutions but not all of them.

Pencil sketch of the anterior and posterior view of the knee joint


Here is the resultant line illustration that came from that sketch.
Digital line illustration of the knee joint


Upon revisiting this, my goal was to simplify the line work. I wanted to get rid of the busy, angular and harsh areas. Below is the simplified version.

Digital line illustration of the knee joint

This revision looks a lot cleaner and less cluttered. I tweaked the leader lines and spacing between the text as well. Here is a detail shot of the line work.

Posterior knee joint

I like the organic nature of the lines here. They are not as harsh and angular. Some of them were delightfully spontaneous!

Next up, I am going to take some sketches of a hand that I did and convert them into line art using Adobe Photoshop. Thanks for looking! Check back next Tuesday for another post!

How Mechanical Loading Stimulates Bone Remodeling – A Medical Illustration

Hello! I am following up on an earlier post that I made showing the color compositions of an illustration in progress. I had revisited my graduate school research project and created a new illustration. The goal here was to show how mechanically loading bone can stimulate changes in the actual bone structure. The final image is below!

Mechanical loading and the Stimulation of bone remodeling

I entered this poster into the AMI 2017 Salon this year. Here is the “Intended of Purpose” statement that I submitted it with.

“Bone-building exercises place mechanical loads and forces on the bones. The sensation of these forces, in turn, stimulates micro-architectural changes in the bone. These changes can strengthen and refresh the bone, making it more capable of handling future forces. This illustration depicts the fluid-filled canalicular network in which mechanical forces are sensed and responded to. It also shows the connection between a macro-level activity and the resultant micro-level changes.”

As a side note, I find that runners are often depicted as fit 20-somethings. For my poster, I chose an older man because my research was also about osteoporosis prevention. Bone health is a lifelong endeavor and there are steps that we can take throughout all stages of life to strengthen our bones for the future.

Lastly, I am updating this site little by little and will start publishing weekly on here. I hope you enjoyed the illustration. Have a great day!


Dorothy Fatunmbi has an Instagram!

Hello! I got a small sketchbook earlier this year and started posting some sketches to Instagram. I wanted to build a habit of drawing daily.  I figure the more work I can produce, the more problem solving I can do and the more I can close that gap between good and darn good!

You can visit my page by clicking on the image below. My username is @dorothyfatunmbi. Take a look, follow and comment if you are so inclined! Have a good one!





Photo editing and Compositing in Photoshop to Create a Dreamscape

I am so accustomed to using Photoshop for digital painting, this was an interesting change of pace. I learned some new tricks and tips here that I now apply to my digital paintings!

The purpose of this project was “paint” a picture using a collage of photographs. I wrote down a few words that would serve as overarching themes and guidelines for me as I sketched out possible compositions. This final composite came from the themes – “Whimsy,” and “Contrasting Scale.” As an undergrad, I did research with a passionate ornithologist who got me into birding. This was created in light of my enjoyment and love for birds. 😀

First, I placed the collected images in a general layout. I scaled and edited each photograph to fit the scene.
Then I began manipulating the image with blend modes and scanned textures.

Work in progress of a photoshop composite

Here, I continued working with blend modes, masks, and scale.
Work in progress of a photoshop composite

I changed the scale of the child and the birds and began integrating the birds more into the scene with painted shadows and masks. I also started orienting the birds so that some of them were facing the birder.
Work in progress of a photoshop composite

I have a strong propensity towards warm hues as you can tell in the previous image haha. So I scaled back the warmth here, added binoculars and a scan of my Peterson’s bird book to tuck under the child’s arm.
The final image is below!
Photoshop composite of a contented birder

Every image here is open source except for the tree. Credit for the tree image goes to Louis Dallara. Thanks for looking!

Photoshop Process Illustration – Olive Oil Bottle Layers

Hi there! I am working on a series of illustrations for a little project. This one was particularly fun to do because I happen to love olive oil haha. If you’ve ever dipped fresh-baked bread in herbed olive oil, you know what It’s like – ambrosial.

OK, moving along! Good reference photos made all the difference here. I photo-researched olives and dark brown glass bottles. Below are my Photoshop layers.


Thanks for looking!

Ink illustration of a flower

I love a good ink illustration! The contrast is marvelous and the lines have an entirely different presence on paper than say a pencil sketch would. Also, there’s no undo with traditional ink so my decisions have to be deliberate. That’s helpful for me as an artist. Sharpens the old observation skills!

This first attempt was with an ink pen I had in my bag. The struggle was real haha. I quickly learned to look twice, draw once and embrace imperfection.

I did this one the next day with a micron pen and I just told myself to have fun with it, without stressing about trying to make it look good.