Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - student project

My idea board

I get a lot of inspiration from tumblr so I naturally went there and reblogged some cutesy pins: The links are here: http://danablu.tumblr.com/

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - image 1 - student project

My favorite Apple Metal pin

I found this melting Charmander from the AP site. Is Charmander in pain? Evolving? What is happening...? Anyway, it's nice because it's glittery. 

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - image 2 - student project

My process

I wanted something fun and quirky, so I made a list of my favorite food and animals. Eventually taco and tiger won. Googling for "taco" I found taco cat. I didn't know about it until now. I must be living in a cave. Anyway, here are some quick sketches in PS.

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - image 3 - student project

And...My Tiger Taco! 

Here's the sketch rendered in AI and a mockup. He's a feisty kind of taco. Look at those eyes. Presenting Tora the tiger taco!

*sparkles*

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - image 4 - student project

Tora the Tiger Taco Enamel Pin - image 5 - student project

This was a fun project. Thank you for reading! ^^

Dana Salonoy

Designer and Illustrator