Featured Photographer - October 2012

Darlene Douthit  Since childhood Darlene has had a passion for cartoons, portraiture and photography, with a great love for animals. Portrait artist Jan Kunz, Jessica Zemsky and Al Stine have each been inspirational in instructional in her work. Darlene was personally instructed by such renowned wildlife artists such as Robert Abbett, Sam Savitt and the famous cartoonist Charles Schulz. She was also inspired by caricature artists Tom Richmond, Steve Silver and Mort Drucker. As a professional caricaturist, portrait artist, cartoonist, illustrator, demonstrator and teacher, Darlene has worked for both catalogue publishing companies and manufacturers throughout the states. Her formal art education was obtained at San Bernardino Valley College, Redlands University, and Scottsdale Artist School. She was employed as a Illustrator and Layout for ten years, and has been a professional artist since 1978, with many commissioned portraits, humorous illustrations and caricatures to her credit. Darlene was column “Cartoon Science Illustrator” for four years for two Award Winning Children’s magazines, Boy’s Quest and Hopscotch for girls! Darlene has enjoyed teaching classes year round at the Redlands Art Association. Darlene taught at this location since 1992. She has also taught adult workshops, in Illustrating Children’s Literature and Japanese Anime Cartooning, since 1999 at the California State University of San Bernardino. She does many Cartoon Anime Performance demonstrations for Libraries and portrait demonstrations for art associations.
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