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Panda Explorations Vol I

It's rare for me to branch outside of drawing my Betty girls. Other than my girls, I draw Disney characters from time to time to practice on different poses and features, but for the most part I hardly ever stray. 

Now that my plans for the next few months are coming to fruition, I decided a good way to practice and refine my drawing and painting skills was to paint something different to truly observe objects, shapes, shading, etc using different watercolor techniques. I put brush to paper and started with my first exploration: Pandas! 

Panda Watercolor 1
Panda Watercolor 2
Panda Watercolor 3

What I Learned:

I definitely need to be more patient when painting layers. (Side note - after this set of paintings, I ended up ordering a heat gun for faster drying!)

In the first Panda, I worked the orange too much and didn't get the more consistent coloring on the arms like I wanted.

In the second Panda, I was doing pretty good with waiting for the layers to dry, up until I accidentally pushed the brush into the left arm, creating that weird swirl. I also experimented with some wet on wet techniques on the rock - I ended up hating the results!

In the third Panda, you can see the overall improvement. I was able to control the water and coloring much better, and even got a nice subtle gradient on one of the arms, which I was super happy with. I also was really happy with the subtle shading throughout the panda. The only areas I got a little frustrated with was the logs the panda lays on. I was free-handing that without having sketched it out. Lesson learned!

The Creamery Branding

For the past couple of months I've been sitting on this idea of an ice cream/froyo/gelato brand. It's taken many different forms - none that I was happy with. No matter how many mood boards I put together, none were taking shape the way I wanted it to. All I knew was that I wanted it to be called The Creamery. I went through a phase where I really wanted to call it The Crea-moo-ry. *shrug

I recently started entering 99design contests where I submitted a logo for a gelato company. I thought I was in the ballpark of what the client wanted, however that turned out to not be the case and she hated what I designed. I, however, liked where it was headed so I continued to rework it using The Creamery as a foundation. Check out my portfolio page for the full brand design. Below is the end result. Something fun, a little funky, and always cute.