So my design portfolio needed a cover and also a logo. This is it! Well, it's the cover image, anyway, clearly too detailed for a logo as such, but that can be seen in the said portfolio in all its vectored glory.
Would you believe the gum leaf was harder to draw than the inkwell? It's really hard to give detail and texture to something that... has no detail or texture. So it's got holes and lumpy brown bits like imperfect gum leaves have. Yay!
So the story behind it, because logos always have one. I've basically been trying to think of a different way of using a bluegum leaf for AGES without it just being a leaf sitting there or curled into a 'b' or something stupid and cliché like that. I almost ditched the leaf altogether trying to think of something and instead going with something else that's very me: a feather. Then the brain progressed to a quill, being as I'm as much a writer as a designer, and then why not stick a gum leaf in the pot instead of a quill? TADA! So it's got the required Aussieness in the gum leaf, writer/artist in the inkwell/quill motif, allusions to feathers, and it's green. Oh and the quill and ink thing goes with the fantasy world I write/draw in :D