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Horses speak the language of a girl's soul.

Here's my final inked drawing at the top of my workspace.

Below is the process in order from the beginning.

The phrase I have chosen is "Horses speak the language of a girl's soul."  My daughter is 6, and is a natural-born animal lover and horse girl.  We do not have horses, but my mom and a few friends do, so our visits to these horses simply fill her with joy.  Her experience discovering this joy has rekindled my own love of horses, and inspired a wonderful but aching longing for dust and warm horse breath and open spaces.  I think girls connect with horses so easily because they give them a kind of quiet power, and a connection to the natural world that is completely unique.  This phrase was inspired by my daughter, but is something I feel in myself, too.

My word list includes horses, boots, western, dust, leather, bridle, bit, galloping, cowgirl, cowboy hat, love, sepia, sweetness, pastures, content, love...  Both the word list and my mood board came out very western-themed.  I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Here are a few images from my mood board:

Baby nursery unicorn art print, Unicorn print, Girl love horse art print, Modern nursery art for kids, Room art 12x16 by Elephant Dancing

Kids Wall Art Print - The Love of a Girl and Her Horse - Girls room decor

Horse loved by lil girl

Oct. 18, 2013

I like the idea of using pinterest to keep my inspiration board. http://www.pinterest.com/barbararousey/mood-board-horses-speak-the-language-of-a-girls-so/

I'm starting to like the western theme, but I want to make sure the end result still has some feminity and doesn't come across too cliche.

The application I'm thinking of now is something like a label on a sack of horse feed, or, more practically speaking, a tote bag or poster for my daughter.

Oct. 20, 2013

Thumbnails!

I could really use some feedback here.  Nothing's really speaking to me yet. I do like the GIRL'S SOUL ribbon, but I'm having trouble figuring out a layout for the middle part.

October 21, 2013

First Sketch.  So I learned a few things here...

1.  I won't do any more sketches on tracing paper.  The pencil smeared and made everything blurry and muddled.

2. The details in the words SPEAK and LANGUAGE got a little lost because I drew them in first, then shaded in the letters.  This made them smaller and sloppy.

3. I didn't like the way the drawing of the kiss looked contained, because it seemed off balance.  I like the way it looks open, but I feel now I need to contain some of the flowery embellishments.  Or maybe connect them more to each other.

October 27, 2013

Cascade failure.

First I was unhappy with the lettering.  So I tried a sketch changing that up.  Not happy. Then I tried another sketch changing up the layout:

This one has more potential than the first, I think.  HORSES needs to be raised, but I'm happier with the simplicity.  Maybe HORSES should be on a curve?  Then I started hating the illustration.  My daughter loves it though, because it is HER.  I sort of love that about it, too.

So I thought I'd try to change it up even more:

Here I like everything but the word speak, but I don't have any idea what I should do with it.  And I see the ribbon and the text inside it needs some work as well.

Feedback would be much appreciated.

November 3, 2013

I decided to put my project aside and review the process with something new entirely. 

It still needs some work, but I'm so happy that I was able to get this far in just a few days.  I don't have the same emotional attachment to this one as I do to the class project, so the self-criticism didn't stop me from moving forward.  And I can see that in both projects, where I stumble is tying all the parts together.

November 8, 2013

Getting closer...

This is the layout I'm going with, but I could use some feedback concerning the details.  I'm considering increasing the size of the GIRL'S SOUL banner, as well as the lettering, and maybe adding a border to the whole thing.  I'm actually getting kind of excited about seeing this in color.

I had to change the illustration because I found it nearly impossible to draw the more realistic face small enough to fit the layout.  I feel that now the less realistic face matches the smiling horse a little better.  And my daughter is still happy :)

November 12, 2013

A couple of adustments, moving a few things over, increasing the size of the banner, lightening up some of the areas that were too heavy and creating imbalance.  Thank you so much to everyone who gave me feedback.  It really helped!  And now...

Inked! Yay!

Oh, wow.  It took so many tries to get to this point, and I'm going to have to say I'm embracing the many imperfections here.  But overall, I'm happy with the outcome, and taking my time with all of the steps outlined in the class really paid off.  I'm looking forward to the next class!  Signing up now!

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