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Ramble Out Yonder

My chosen quote / phrase is "ramble out yonder," which is actually the name of my illustration / design company.  The phrase is a nod to one of my favorite passages from the great nature writer and environmentalist,  Edward Abbey.  The entire quote is this:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

Here is my moodboard for this project.  My work and company is highly influenced by nature and the great outdoors.  I wanted to design something that incorporated some of the iconic imagery of our public land agencies such as National Parks, Bureau of Land Management, National Forests, etc... I also remembered that Pendleton did a series of National Park blankets and that got me interested in trying to tie in some pendleton patterns, which often are direct inspirations from classic Native American designs.

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Here are some of the sketches I came up with:

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This first sketch is designed around that classic souvenir postcard from the 50s.  However, not too pleased with the way the curves of Ramble and Yonder are not matching up...might have to redraw. Also wondering if the Pendleton pattern in Ramble is getting a bit too busy?

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Next came the idea for a pennant.  I am enjoying working within this confined shape - lots of interesting perspectives to work with.  I think I could work a bit more detail into the feather, but I don't want to lose legibility.

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Thinking further about interesting confined shapes to work within I went ahead and drew a bit more finalized version of the phrase within the teepee shape.  I was originally thinking of the campground symbol used on many USGS maps. I also am a huge fan of the work of Paul Goble as an illustrator and he has a wonderful book on Native symbolism on teepee designs.

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I ended up inking this arrowhead after playing around with some more spaces to work within.  This is the same shape that the National Park Service uses for many of their signs so I like the idea of paying homage to an agency that protects some of our most wild and beautiful places.  The lettering is very simple here so I am recognizing that I am starting to stray away from the original assignment.  This could be used as a business logo or website icon...will use for something else I think.

UPDATE:

Ok I did some redrawing of the pennant concept and went ahead and inked out the main shapes and then the details.  I added tassels to the pennant and added details to the feather and some contour lines to the arrowhead that are similar to the arrowhead logo I had inked before.  I wanted to maintain some consistency with the details and went ahead and added some background details to the word Ramble, a mountain range.  For the word Yonder I added a cascading river.  These details will be done in different colors hence the two layers.  I also had to redraw the O in Yonder a few times, it is a bit tricky to get that circle looking right without looking too perfect...might have to redraw again...

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Ok next up is hopefully digitizing depending on any other small fixes I might have to make, phew!

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