Lara Porter

Illustrator

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Lara Porter Monogram LP

I have wanted to create a logo to use in my website and on invoices etc for quite a while - but I just wasn't sure how to go about it. Creating a monogram from my initials gave me the perfect starting point...

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My sketchbook above shows my thinking and initial thumbnails. The long elongated shapes of the "L" and the "P" allowed for some playful ideas to emerge. I turned them into an illustrator's tools... a pencil and a brush. (I once met an illustrator who had a long pen tattooed on the inside of one forearm and a paintbrush on the other, so cool!)

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I then started working in Adobe Illustrator, choosing a variety of different fonts that seemed appropriate for the design I wanted to create. I settled on the Bauhaus 93 as it's a quirky font that flows beautifully and creates some interesting shapes. I also added the pencil "tip" and painting "brush" end.

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There were a few stages I haven't included where I was finessing the design and adding colour and texture for interest, but the bottom two monograms were my final choices. I have used them both in my website www.laraporter.com as I think they each bring a different look and feel to the space they are used in.

Thanks for a really great class Jon!

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