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Gracelle Mesina

Nuthin' but a g-thang, baby.

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Runnin' Through The Six With My Woes

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Firstly, as someone who's been using Adobe Illustrator for years, I still learned some sweet shortcuts and tricks that I wasn't aware of before after taking this class. Thanks Jon! I've been wanting to make a lapel pin of my own for quite sometime now, so I'm glad that this contest popped up to give me the kick in the pants I needed. Anywho...

Above, is the idea for my pin, inspired by Catholicism, Drake, and everyone who can do a mean "rapper squat". I wanted to challenge myself with the pen tool and try to stray away from easy geometry as much as possible.

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I already had the idea brewing in my head, so researched for rad pins of hands doing different things to get a better idea of how detailed I could go and to see what was already out there. These ones are from Coucou Suzette, The Found Retail, Big Bud Press, and Kristina Micotti.

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As for my favourite Apple Metal pin, I'm very fond of this psychadelic Jake + Finn Adventure Time one. The colours are perfect and the details are great– look how cute Jake's butt is!

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This was my [internal thought] process of when I came up with the idea:

  1. What kind of pin would I want to wear? Maybe something related to pop culture... or feminism...
  2. [Spotify is running in the background, "Jumpman" plays] Oh! I should do Drake's prayer hands!
  3. But, how do I make it my own? Oh, I know, let's femme it up, add a manicure and rings...

I usually love sketching, but because I was set on this idea, I just did one to confirm that it could look good, and jumped straight away to Illustrator.

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It's crazy how focused I can be when I have a gut feeling on a what I think is a good idea. So in this case, my only process really involved trying to colour it, and deciding what details to keep/take out (based on the original illustration).

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Hope y'all like it! Totally open to feedback to improve this illustration, so go for it.

Update! I've turned these into actual pins:

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Go to gracemade.ca if you'd like to purchase one! All profits go to the bulk purchase of menstrual cups to help a local women's shelter.

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