I designed, illustrated and painted this graphic for the 2019 4th of July email blast for the AIA CA. This graphic was emailed to its 11,000 members on the 4th of July.

The left side shows the sketch I created with colored pencils. Initially, I put a big cupcake in the center but then thought a house or some other architecture would make more sense.

4th of july-draft-painting
Left side: rough sketch of the graphic | Right side: final watercolor painting of the sketch

The final graphic after I scanned and touched it up in Photoshop. I decided the house in the background competed too much with the words so I removed it. I also added more confetti and cleaned up stray marks.

The final graphic.