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Zoe Allen

Self-taught illustrator/designer/hand-letterer

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Calm Rabbit

Hello there!

It's a bit scary putting something up with so many wonderful contributions, so here it goes! After much experimentation with echidnas and hedgehogs and robins, I finally settled on a rabbit. A lot of the leaping rabbit photos I found were rather uninspiring, so I settled on a very simple sketch I did of a sitting rabbit.

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I played around with different elements to add interest to the design, which in itself is very simple.

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I think the one I like so far is bottom right - it's got enough detail to make it interesting but still a simplistic design. 

As for final colour, I have not a clue, but since it's the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, perhaps a white rabbit...and then I see the flaw in my plan - his tail is blue!!! Never mind try an oatmeal bunny instead - a calming colour for a calm rabbit of calm. Please let me know if you have any colour suggestions or ideas to improve my design, I'm all ears!

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Urgh shading. I'll have to play with that later. Suggestions?

****UPDATE****

Finally showed this to my Dad and he said the first thing he thought of when he saw this was the Playboy bunny - WHY DID I NOT SEE THIS BEFORE???? Anyway so I've gone about fixing it, altering the sharp points on the head to soft curves, separating the ears a little and I've flipped it around for good measure. Actually I think I much prefer it this way, it looks more like the rabbit is looking over it's shoulder now.

I also tried it without the tail and I don't feel it's a strong without it. It also then allows it to be interpreted ambiguously, as if it is leaning back on its front paws sticking out a potbelly. With the cut-out tail, the rabbit obviously has its back to the viewer, and is looking over his shoulder.

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