Stefanie Calkins Wolfe

Graphic Designer / Photographer

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Blue Wolf

Inspiration

Since I receive a lot of emails from the Humane Society about the gray wolf, this is what drove my search -  wolves, coyotes, foxes, learned there were hybrids - and came across this guy, which became my inspiration.

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Linework

While I am familiar with the pen tool, the parts I struggled with involved simplifying the shapes I saw on the face. Over 2-3 days, those shapes changed as I came back to my project. I had too many shapes in the beginning, and minimalized them as I went on.

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Blocking In

After several attempts, I moved on to blocking in my shapes - which also evovled. 

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Started tweeking soft lines since, afterall, it's a sports logo…he needed to look intimidating, strong, and leave someone with the feeling "don't mess with me"

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Color and Shading

Adding the highlight shapes was experimental at times, as well as a struggle. Learning to think negative space and positve space was one of my biggest hurdles with this project.

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Why blue? I felt he needed to have a cold feeling to him and at the same time, it needed to be bold and fun to represent a sports team.  But I had fun working on this…and I learned a lot from Fraser on how to think using very familiar tools. ;-)

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