Mellanie Chafe

Illustrator | Graphic Artist

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Deer Mark - Brought to you by the letter "M"

Deciding that I wanted to go with a 'elegant' and 'bounding' animal, I settled with a deer. 

A lot of the images on google were quite similar, but it did not take long to find which one would be suitable and more simplistic.
I went with the photo on the bottom, having liked the curvature of the anima's back and stomach.

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I immediately went into sketching. Luckily, I had found a pad of tracing paper as I usually draw digitally. When I started tracing, I found my mind immediately wanting to think of adding details. The more I kept going, the less I followed the exact groves of the animal's body. 

PRE-SKETCH

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It did not take me long to know which one I was going to go with.

SKETCH

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I leaped into Illustrator soon after.

ILLUSTRATOR

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I had a difficult time figuring out how many grids I needed and where I should put them. After a while and a bit of rewatching of the lesson, I got the hang of it and adjusted my points as needed.

GRIDDING

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FINAL

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LATER....


Moving onto the next project, this one proved much more difficult. Of course, I went with the first letter that came to my mind - "M" for...reasons that aren't much of a secret. I got to work and eventually...I maanaged to fill up an entire page of sketches.

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I had a lot of favorites. Particularly G, H, U and #3. I was going to choose #3 but it was too close to my signature and it was a little too close to the @ symbol. Choosing G, I moved on to the next step.

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GRID

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FINAL

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This next project, believe it or not, I had a hard time grasping the whole negative space thing. Perhaps it's because I'm thinking I need to be a lot more detailed than it really needs to be or maybe there are some strict rules regarding what you can or can not do. With practice I believe I'll get the hang of it. For now, I kept it simple. 

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This is my first time here, so any feedback is welcomed! This is my first project here and appriciate your comments.

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