Thursday, 27 October 2011

Paint Party Friday...Vegan Cupcakes and Fiat 500s...

The final version which turned out not to be the final version


I mentioned last week that I had bid on a job on People Per Hour to design a logo for a vegan bakery. This was my first ever commission for something that wasn’t a dog portrait or a caricature.

The client gave a clear brief of what she wanted which was a girly, whimsical and quirky illustration of a fiat 500 Old Timer with a cupcake on the door. The bakery is called Babette’s Bakery and Babette is the car! The client wanted it to look like it was zipping through town with deliveries of delicious vegan goodies.

Initially I submitted a bid with a sample of my walkies illustrations – the walk n roll one with the dachshund and 50s petticoats. Lucky for me, this was exactly the style of illustration she wanted and asked me to submit a rough draft sketch of a design based on her brief.

I submitted this:



That got me the job and the client then advised things she would like tweaked and changed. She also asked if it would be a vector file which made me panic – I’m not a graphic designer and actually didn’t even know what a vector file was! I had to Google it! It turned out that she would be able to get my drawings converted to vector files so that she could then get the cupcake made into a decal for her car door.

I came up with 6 rough variations on a cupcake and then the client advised which bits of each she liked to make up the final cupcake.




I then drew the cupcake on its own and scanned both black and white and colour versions:



Next I set about re-drawing the car design incorporating the changes the client had asked for. I scanned the black and white version and then added colour – this was the part I was most nervous about as one slip of the brush or blob of paint in the wrong place and it would have been back to the drawing board.

I actually ended up adding colour to the original sketch first as a sort of test run and once I was happy with that I completed the design. However, it turned out that the girl’s profile was different in the second design and the client preferred the original face so, as I had painted both,  I sent both images so she could decide which she preferred to use on her business stationery.

The original sketch with a few minor amendments turned out to be the preferred final version

I enjoyed doing this – it was really different from any commission I’ve done before for a dog portrait for example, because then the client is essentially leaving it entirely up to me to come up with a likeness of their dog from a photograph and they don't have any input in how it is progressing.

With this I was working completely to the client’s requirements and had to remember that my preferences didn’t come into it – so even though I might have preferred a different style of cupcake, it wasn’t up to me! That was quite a new thing as mostly artists draw what they want and please themselves whereas with this I contacted the client each time I did a new draft to make sure it was in keeping with the brief.  It was really quite nervewracking, hoping that I came up with a design that matched the client’s vision and so, it was really satisfying when the job was completed and the client was happy with the design.

I’ve asked if she will let me see the business cards and car decal once they have been ‘vectorised’ as I’m curious to see how much that will change my original illustration and also it’ll be exciting to see my work on someone’s business card! It's just a pity that the bakery is in Switzerland so I won't get to try out any of the vegan cupcakes!

I'm going to try to get round everyone at Paint Party Friday over the weekend.  I do pop in to blogs at work er, lunch break but for some reason my work computer won't let me leave comments on some of them - I think it might be to do with the word capture thingy. So apologies if I didn't leave a comment last week - I probably did try to!

38 comments:

  1. its been so much fun blogging and getting to know people like you and little glimpses into your life which brings me to say, how proud I am when these things happen.You are so talented and I truly believe you are on your up up in the world of selling your beautiful work.Welldone!

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  2. Love your final version - and the others. So pleased you have got this commission; hope it will be the first of many! Valerie

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  3. First commission of many I think, you are now on a roll, so enjoy the ride! x

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  4. Oooh, this is so exciting...and that you shared the process makes me feel like I went along with you on the ride (inside the whimsical, funky Fiat, yes!!).

    So happy to hear you were commissioned for this. This very thing would be a dream come true for me. I aspire to do this kind of thing with a local company...it's on my wish list...so you are truly an inspiration, chica! You always are, but this week more than ever!

    Keep up the wonderful work and what I wouldn't give to try one of those vegan cupcakes! They look YUMMMMMY!!!

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  5. Hi Pointy Pix. Can't she send the cupcakes via overnight express? Maybe even a recipe to make some? How cool that would be. First, congratulations on this commissioned work, I am so happy for you. I love all the version and I hope she sends you the business cards so you can see how they came out. How deserving you are of this and I'm sure more to come. Congrats again and Happy PPF!

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  6. Huge congratulations and thank you for showing the interesting process. Wishing you loads more success as you so deserve it. Annette x

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  7. Netty has basically said what I want to say! well done I hope you get many more like this. You have real skill in so many arty areas.

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  8. This was so exciting to read. :) I totally love the cupcake car logo.

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  9. Bravo! I am sooooo happy for you and this is a wonderful piece of artwork! ~~thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

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  10. Love the cup cake & car no wonder you got the job congratulations Dxx

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  11. I want a car with a cupcake painted on the door!
    Love it!!

    Congratulations!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. Congratulations on your commission! I really enjoyed reading about the process and the back-and-forth with the client. It's a wonderful piece!

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  13. Congratulations, you did such a good job of creating what your client wanted! It is adorable too. Do cupcakes come with the check?!

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  14. Congratulations on a great commission and learning experience! They look great!


    mmm cupcakes....

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  15. Congrats on the job and I loved hearing how it progressed and developed... she is a lucky client to have such an amazing finished product... I would kind of like a cup cake decal for my car... or maybe a croissant... happy PPF xx

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  16. wow vegan cupcakes! yum! I love what you created.

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  17. Congratulations! This is a wonderful logo. I'd buy vegan cupcakes or other goodies after seeing this.

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  18. What a fun piece! All of your cupcakes look great - I would have a hard time choosing just one favorite!

    It is always an interesting challenge to translate a client's wishes visually (I worked as a mural artist/decorative painter for 7 years so I can empathize).

    xo
    Kristin

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  19. Welcome to the wonderful world of graphic design, where the clients get to approve everything little thing!

    The logo is too cute; they should be very happy. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you, I've been doing this for longer than I like to admit.

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  20. oh my!!!! this is so amazing....love your speedy little cupcake hauling car !!!! what a fun piece and it turned out amazing!!!!!

    Happy PPF and pop by for Sweet Saturdays!!!!

    Hugs
    Diana

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  21. love it... especially as cupcakes are some of my favorite things! i've been away all week and am heading back home tomorrow... with a box of gourmet cupcakes in hand for my family. what a fun thing to be designing for! nicely done!

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  22. You did a wonderful job with this, I hope it paid well for all your hard work! It's always harder to work from someone else's vision! Happy PPF!

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  23. The graphics are way cute! Love the final CupCake one in color. So pretty. Always fun to visit your Blog...Happy PPF!

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  24. WOW, what an amazing experience that must have been- I LOVE how you took us through the entire process and I especially loved all the various cupcakes you designed and the one you ended up using- beautiful work- be proud of yourself!

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  25. I really loved reading your post it was like it was happening right in front of my eyes. I think you did really well and your talent will take you along way! Well done.
    Manonx

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  26. congrats on this commission! It was so interesting reading about your process. It looks lovely.

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  27. Wow, I love them all! I don't know how she chose. What an amazing adventure and accomplishment! I really like the fun feel of this; you captured it!

    Thanks for commenting on My Blog.

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  28. What a fascinating post about your design process! Congrats!! The logo looks great!

    Happy PPF!

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  29. What a great story! And how fun for you!

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  30. THis is just adorable. ...and I wish we had a vegan cupcake bakery nearby!

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  31. Congrats on your first commission! I just love how the logo turned out! Happy PPF!

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  32. Nice entry, you have a intersante space
    if you like the lyrics full of tenderness, poetry,
    I invite you to my spaces,
    happy weekend.
    a hug.

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  33. This looks like it was so much fun to do! And how exciting to see your work on somebody's business cards! I love the illustrations! I haven't been on the PC for a while but have noticed that you have left a comment for me - Thank you so much and I will be answering it shortly :0)

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  34. Congrats on the commission, it looks really awesome!

    Speaking of vectors, I recently had to help a fellow artist friend of mine vectorize an image... So it's quite useful to be able to handle both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator ^-^

    // -T.W-

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  35. Wow, congrats on the commission, you deserve it your work is awesome! I love the logo! Deb

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  36. You make a good point about doing work for someone else and having to meet their ideas of what good design is rather than your own. In the end your illustration worked really well and I'm sure the vegan bakery is thrilled. Congratulations.

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  37. Oh! Those cupcakes are yummy! All of them! The whimsical Fiat made me smile. What an exciting (and nervewrecking) process.
    Congratulations on that comission.

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