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Michelle Dwyer's work is primarily digital, but she employs traditional drawing expertise and techniques to translate her designs to the computer. Color theory, line, rhythm, repetition and balance are all important qualities of her contemporary design style, which is influenced by Japanese prints and the arts and crafts movement. The subject matter for her ketubah designs is drawn from traditional Jewish and marriage symbolism. She then merges these with modern technology to create striking images with a spiritual harmony.
"I prefer to do my work digitally, for the control and tight precision it allows," explains Michelle. "My work is very linear, contrasted by soft-colored gradients, which is ideal for the vector-based illustration program." She continues, "I generally draw out my designs first, by hand, and then redraw them using the computer."
Michelle's French grandfather, who also is a gifted artist and teacher, was a primary influence in her decision to pursue a career in art. While growing up in Indianapolis, Indiana, she refined her unique drawing and painting techniques. Her outstanding comprehensive portfolio earned her a full academic scholarship to Miami University in Ohio, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001, with a B.F.A. in Fine Art and a concentration in Graphic Design.
Michelle currently resides in Chicago, where she works as an art director at an advertising agency.