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Opera San Luis Obispo

The Magic Flute

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One of four posters commissioned to promote the Opera San Luis Obispo's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute; the art was intended to resemble the classic Star Wars movie posters.

Peter McDonnell

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Peter McDonnell

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Linda de Moreta Represents
1511 Union Street
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illustration of Greatest female alpine skier in history.
Four World Cup Championships
Eight World Cup Season Titles
Olympic Gold Medal for Downhill Skiing
Olympic Bronze Medals for Super-G and Downhill
and many more awards, including Laureus Sportswoman of the Year and the United States Olympic Committee's sportswoman of the year.
An amazing athlete and competitor!
illustration of Snowboarders vs. skiers racing down the mountain on a winter day.
illustration of Steph Curry, star point guard for the Golden State Warriors' basketball team.  A two-time NBA MVP Award winner, Curry is the only player to ever win an unanimous vote for MVP.  He exemplifies excellence through hard work and dedication to his craft, as well as talent, and is known for his unselfishness and commitment to team play.  He holds many 3-point records and is commonly regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history.
illustration of Colorful snowboarders shred the slopes, racing down the mountain on a bright and sunny winter day.
illustration of This piece is a pop art portrait of a great client, and was created as a gift for her.
illustration of On set of a big-budget Superhero mashup movie-Hulk, Iron man, Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine representing Marvel (Disney). Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman representing DC (Warner Bros).
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illustration of Marvel Comics' first black superhero, The Black Panther, made a huge splash when they created a Marvel Studios movie. This piece shows the excitement on the faces of two kids as they role-play their favorite characters.

T'Challa, Chadwick Boseman, Letitia Wright, Shuri, African-American Actors, Ryan Coogler
illustration of Star Lord, hero of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, played by Chris Pratt.
Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, movies, Leading Men, Actors, Superheros
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illustration of A fantasy gathering of 1950's American cultural touchstones.
illustration of Updated version of cover Illustration originally created for The Weekly Standard magazine.
illustration of The Star Trek TV show ran for only three seasons when it premiered in 1966, but it eventually went on to become a cult favorite, spawning a worldwide fan base and multiple feature films and TV show spin-offs. The enduring legacy of Star Trek is a message of hope and optimism.
illustration of One of four posters created as an homage to 'Star Wars', commissioned by Opera San Luis Obispo for its production of The Magic Flute.  , These are portraits of the performers and Pete's concepts for the costumes.
illustration of One of nine comics panels created to decorate a trade show booth built for the Xicato Lighting company..
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illustration of David Tutera's perfect party planning tips; illustration for Southwest Airlines' SPIRIT in-flight magazine.
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illustration of Marvel's Iron Man was created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, and was the first Marvel superhero to be featured in a Marvel Studios movie.
illustration of A pop-art color explosion; two friends make a call to share some juicy gossip.
illustration of Data Storage Solutions had a superhero-themed booth at a trade show in Las Vegas several years ago. This poster was part of the collateral.
illustration of Cover for Ad Age magazine's annual Digital issue.
illustration of Project for Deloitte for a company retreat presentation.
illustration of Cover for Wall Street Journal European edition of Weekend Magazine.
illustration of Pop art pop-up advertisement  for Samsung storage device.
illustration of Commissioned by Comcast for a direct mail box as cover art.
illustration of Pop-art ad for a Samsung storage device.
illustration of Illustrated map of San Francisco landmarks.
illustration of Documentary film ' Beauty Bites Beast' used several of my illustrations as animated segments in the film.
illustration of One of four posters created as an homage to 'Star Wars', commissioned by Opera San Luis Obispo for its production of The Magic Flute.  , These are portraits of the performers and Pete's concepts for the costumes.
illustration of Modern Bride magazine spot illustration
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illustration of Pop-art advertisement for Samsung storage device.
illustration of Citrix created a campaign called WOW2HOW featuring their president as a superhero.
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illustration of Editorial illustration for Scholastic in partnership with the National Institute on Drug Abuse
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illustration of Comic book superhero style cover for Milwaukee magazine story on people who skillfully pinch pennies.
illustration of Trade show booth illustration for Xicato, Inc.
illustration of A retro-style movie poster homage to the 1970's B-movie action genre.
illustration of Superhero woman, displaying the power of news journalism and the 1st Amendment.
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illustration of One of nine panels created to decorater a trade show booth for Xicato Lighting company.
illustration of Two key characters created for Milliken Carpet logo and sales brochure comic strips
illustration of A fun loving girl is ecstatic that her boyfriend is environmentally conscious.
illustration of Full-page illustration for California Real Estate magazine Re:  appraisals less than sales price
illustration of Five original superhero characters created for Willow Creek Ministries annual conference theme and materials
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illustration of A page created for a series of comic books for the EMC Data Storage corporation.
illustration of Promotional piece in the iconic & ironic romance comics style
illustration of Illustration for Southwest Airlines in-flight SPIRIT magazine.
illustration of One of nine panels created for a Xicato Lighting company trade show booth.
illustration of Manager training collateral /poster for Deloitte
illustration of Comic book style motorcycle poster art, secret agent girl being chased by gangsters.
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illustration of 3 friends decide on an afternoon's activities.
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illustration of One of the original characters created for Xicato's marketing program
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illustration of Cambridge Technologies created a company promotional comic book.
illustration of Poster art for San Francisco Cookie Company
illustration of One of four posters created as an homage to 'Star Wars', commissioned by Opera San Luis Obispo for its production of The Magic Flute. These are likenesses of the performers and Pete's concepts for the costumes.
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Superhero, hero, costume, character development, scientific, digital art, humor, technology, man, masculine, strong, dynamic, solving problems
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Digital, line with color, cartoon, conceptual, masculine, handlettering
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Silhouette, lettering,  romance, retro, mom, children, dog, cooking, dinner, crisis
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illustration of A woman is having problems with her accounting, and the IRS has sent an agent to look into things.
illustration of One of four posters created as an homage to 'Star Wars', commissioned by Opera San Luis Obispo for its production of The Magic Flute.  , These are portraits of the performers and Pete's concepts for the costumes.
illustration of The most famous soccer players are featured in this poster promoting Finland's lottery, which was commissioned by TBWA's affiliate in Helsinki.

Character development, character creation, masculine, cartoon, caricature, digital art, line with color, leisure, famous people, fantasy, financial, sci-fi, portrait, conceptual
illustration of The most famous soccer players are featured in this poster promoting Finland's lottery, which was commissioned by TBWA's affiliate in Helsinki.

Character development, character creation,  cartoon, caricature, digital art, line with color, pen and ink, leisure, famous people, portrait, figurative, financial, sci-fi, vintage/retro, masculine
illustration of Point-of-Sale Poster design and illustration for a Finnish Betting company Lottery featuring hockey league matches.
Commissioned by TBWA's affiliate in Helsinki.

cartoon,  digital art, graphic, line with color, pen and ink, leisure, financial, sci-fi, vintage/retro, adventure, masculine, fight, battle
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Football, leisure, masculine, people, stylized, cartoon, conceptual
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Design, cartoon, fantasy, leisure, vintage/retro
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Character development, corporate, lifestyle financial, figurative, fantasy
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Airplanes, digital art, line with color, conceptual, product, historical, comic book art style, stylized, logo design, logo type treatment
illustration of Deloitte commissioned several pieces for a company sales conference.
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illustration of 2 more storyboard panels for Boost mobile.
illustration of Storyboard frame 2
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Peter McDonnell is a free-lance illustrator who studied at both the California College of Arts in Oakland and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. For the past twenty-five years, he’s been creating characters, comics, storyboards, and pop-art style illustrations for a wide variety of clients, including Marvel Comics, Rolling Stone, A&E Entertainment, Cisco, Neiman Marcus, Samsung, Nestle, Sega, Target, and National Geographic Kids. He lives in Sonoma County, California, with his wife (who is also an illustrator), and their son. His faithful sidekick, Rex the dog, is usually found curled up right outside his studio, waiting for a walk or to herd the mailman, whichever comes first.


Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Collage, Comps, Conceptual, Design, Digital, Figurative, Graphic, Lettering, Line, Line with Color, Logo Design, Montage, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Storyboards, Stylized, Technical, Type Design, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Vector, Whiteboard Animation


Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Architecture, Book Covers, Celebrities, Character Development, Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Comic Book, Computers, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Futuristic, Greeting Cards, Health, Historical, Holidays, Icons, Industrial, Information Graphics, Landscape, Leisure, Licensing, Maps, Medical, Music, Mystery, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Romance, Science, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Still Life, Technology, Toys & Games, Transportation, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Americana, Agriculture, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Ethnic, Game, Environmental, Financial, Urban, Branding