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Purple Poodle Mark

Hi Skillsharers!

What a fun, informative class! I've been so impressed looking at everyone's work in the gallery and was excited to try my own! I wasn't able to follow the process exactly as I don't have a printer, so my initial stage was to sketch from looking at reference images on my phone rathar than tracing over prints. At first I wasn't sure what animal to do so I played around with several options:

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Eventually I settled on the poodle, which I drew from this reference image:

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Here's the sketch I chose to work from:

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I live traced my drawing then drew over the outline with the pen tool, keeping the body and hair shapes separate shapes since I knew I wanted to use two colors and play with negative space on those. Here are a few shots throughout the Illustrator portion, including adding the grids:

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When I came back to it the next day I decided my shape was still too complicated, so I redid the grids and worked on simplifying the lines and tweaking the curves:

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Not sure if I'm doing the grids quite right, but that process does help a lot with getting everything aligned nicely. Here's my final Purple Poodle, as well as a few alternate colors:

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Thanks for checking out my project!

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