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Swimming Otter

I've made some logos in the past but I wanted to challenge myself to making one with movement and one as geometric / simple as possible.

I found some photos as reference like the ones below and gravitated to the one in the middle in particular.  Sorry if they're a little grainy.

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Then I jumped into the next phase of sketching.  After doing lots of drawings on top of the diving otter I started to like the divided look the most. It's the image on the left.  After a few more sketches I curved the tail which I thought made the otter shape a little more recognizable and just felt right.  Then after even more, I gave him some weight by widening the mid section and gave him a more otter-like face

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At that point I thought it was in a good enough place to bring it into illustrator and map out the vertices and color.

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Here's the final with some added darker colors to make it stand out.  To be honest I feel like this is close but not quite there yet.  I tried a few different placements for the darker colors and while this was where I ended up, I'd love to know where others would have done differently.  Any tips and criticisms are welcome.

For a side project I figured this was a good place to stop.   I really enjoyed making this and loved George's lessons

 

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