From time to time links to articles about creating a brand have appeared on my Facebook newsfeed. It has been stressed that this is an important part of defining what your business is. So I decided today was the day I would tackle creating my logo. I’ve had a general design in my mind for a bit but since I lack the artistic skills of my youth, I have been reluctant to actual draw my logo.
In my mind are two rabbits, one is standing on her hind legs, periscoping in curiosity, while the other is in a lazy position in the foreground. They are under a large green leaf as the rain falls out in the meadow (Do you see where I’m going with this?). I’ve even created a little dialogue between them.
Now here comes my first problem. I have lost all drawing skills that I might have had as a child. And even then I have never drawn a rabbit. I was always drawing fairly decent cartoon horses with wild paint patterns. If I had only had a crystal ball in my misspent youth, I could have known I needed to draw rabbits in my distant future. But then again I would hope that I would use that same crystal ball for more important predictions like seeing my pathetic self as I am now so I would have studied harder in school so I could have started my creative writing career earlier. But hind sight has always been 20/20.
I cheated a bit. I took pictures of my two rabbits and traced them, even borrowing a cute little bun from the internet since Yuki does not stand on her back legs on command But I’m still not happy because I think it looks awful. I think I need to do a bit more studying of various artistic styles, from simple pencil drawings to anime.
So why this post? Because I wanted you to see my thought process while I create my brand’s logo. What am I known for in real life? My bunnies. I’m the Crazy Bunny Lady according to people who know me. My bunnies are tangible. They are real. People don’t understand my anime or gaming hobbies and they certainly don’t know who I really am inside my mind. I have quite a few pictures of my rabbits on my iPod and I am happy to show them to anyone who vaguely shows an interest, not to mention telling some of the numerous stories I can bore people with.
I tried again, this time free-forming from live bunnies hopping around my living room. Yuki came out pretty good and her ears are in a good position. Mokona on the other hand looks like a fat Sphinx though I did get her attitude and ears fairly accurate. Perhaps if I hide her behind some grass and rocks it should be alright.
I’ve attempted to come up with other ideas for my logo. But none of them would have made much sense if you aren’t sharing space in my odd-ball brain. And since the website is Rainfall Over the Meadow, I felt I needed something natural. Rabbits are natural, though perhaps domesticated breeds are not.
I have a background in my mind. It’s a gray-green, rainy scene with a large meadow between the rabbits and a forest with a Shinto Shrine and a square well. Now, how that will ever happen is a great question. I can’t steal screenshots from an Inuyasha episode. That would be wrong. So it will either remain in my mind unless I suddenly find my artistic talent or someone who is an artist. There is the possibility that I could use a photo I take and Photoshop the buns in the foreground.
So anyone out there have any ideas for making my logo come to fruition? Is all lost from my long-forgotten art classes? Or is there still hope for me? Let me know in the comments below!