Cutie ladybug pin!

Cutie ladybug pin! - student project

First of all, I am not sure whether to curse or bless the heavens for this class. Before this class, I did not know about the existence of enamel pins. I had seen a few, made mostly by Tuesday Bassen and her dispute with Zara, but researching reference pins for this project opened my eyes in an entirely new way! I cannot believe how many cute pastels and cute designs have been made into pins!! I could not decide on any one pin, so I included 5 references! Obviously, I am completely obsessed with pins now and have told my boyfriend to please get me one for Christmas!

Cutie ladybug pin! - image 1 - student project

From the pins I chose above, it seems like a love pinks (no brainer) and floral themes (also a no brainer for me). I am deciding to add a floral motif, but I do not want it to be the main part of my pin. I loved some of the pins on pinterest with words on them, but they were all just words and no pretty pictues, so I will probably stick with no words on my pin. I looked at the apple website, but none of them really cut it for me, so I chose not to include them here (I think that was only for the contest before, which is over now, I believe.)

Cutie ladybug pin! - image 2 - student project

I thought of a cute ladybug somehow, with the ability to put a few flower motifs on the back. It looks a little strange, but I like its oddness! I took the class "You Can Draw Cute Animals! In 3 Simple Steps" by Yasmina Creates, and she drew a really cute ladybug so I took inspiration from her. I think this would be a really cute pin. I am going to turn this into a template now and use my pen tool to make the designs on her. I will also choose a color palette before I color her in!

Cutie ladybug pin! - image 3 - student project

I decided to take her colour palette out of the reference pins from above. I used the pen tool for her legs and the flowers, as well as some lines in the leaves and down her spine and head. The rest of my widely used tools was the ellipse tool and the scissors tool (to cut off the overlapping parts of her circles). My boyfriend says she looks like a cockroach, but once she's colored in, I'm sure she will look perfect. I stuck with using only 5 colors, although I still used black as the outline color. I tried to take it out but it made it look just sloppy.

Cutie ladybug pin! - image 4 - student project

And there she is! My cutie finished ladybug pin! I would love to learn how to put her as a real pin mockup like some of the other projects I've seen. I didn't feel like messing around with photoshop tonight though. Thank you for this wonderful class! Was a really great chance to play around in Illustrator. In the future, I'd love to design more pins and make them a bit less complex and take out the black completely (and change it with gold???). Thank you for reading!