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Brand Play - Fresh Fairytale by Magweno Brand Play - Fresh Fairytale by Magweno
Branding yourself as an artist should be easy, because the work you do should be what you love. It naturally stems from YOU as a person, your interests, likes, loves, fears, opinions and so on. Why do you make what you make, what story do you want to tell? If your work is true and strong enough in some ways it should make a brand itself! It comes through years of experiences that influence you as an artist. Like the physical "style" of your work, your brand is the instantly recognisable theme.

And yet I find it SO HARD to settle on a theme :D The font you choose changes the viewers perception of what you do, the colours impart a sense of what to expect, the shapes suggest context - everything is so subtle and has to be carefully calculated. I envy those who exude brand confidence so effortlessly!

I'm still trying to find something I'm truly happy with. The rounded, chunky, colourful fonts I've been using are a little too childish for me - I want to impart more of a sense of quality. I put hours of professional work into my pieces, they are a high end product, so my brand should reflect that. 

I quite like this composition but it maybe leans a little too heavily on nature. I like the resin antlers and golden bell on the ferns, with feathers surrounding - that is context. The idea of a creature stemmed from the woodland, with a golden bell to imply tameness. It tells a story in itself in a way. I have more issues with the lichen and twigs though, they are supposed to represent the place these creatures come from - remote Scotland, the croft my family and I have fallen so madly in love with has almost exclusively silver birch on it with that wonderful minty green lichen. These twigs have fat, pregnant buds on them waiting to burst in Spring - my favourite time of year. They harbour so much promise.

I think there may also be a balance issue in that the bottom half has the leafy, rich greens and the top half is spindly and dry. 

Either way I like the fairy tale aspect of this layout. I'll have to mull it over for a while

What do you think? Am I over thinking it? :)
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bvanhorn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like it.

It is playful and happy.  You also incorporate nature, which is central to your brand.

Coming up with a brand is tough.  I'm working with my kid's school doing the same thing and it is mind boggling.  Good luck.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's really hard isn't it! I still don't have a clue what to do
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CMWyvern Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I do like the font you used on the skull one, it is the font I associate with your brand.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Skinny and spidery; interesting to hear you think that! It's too mainstream for me, it's not timeless enough so I won't be using it for my main logo, but I will crack it out at Halloween :) I've gone off this font too. Too many fonts! I'm doing a skillshare class on how to pick and design font-based logos though so should decide soon. I NEED to decide soon haha, this is taking far too long ^_^
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Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like this one tooo! More fresh and summer:y ^^
I like the font but hmm.. maybe no line under your name? I think I might actually like the font on "dead stuff" more. Just pondering :)
I don't mind that its not balanced the same on top and bottom, it works.
Maybe a mix of this and "dead stuff", with antlers and wings etc.. ^^

And yees I know your frustrations :P I always feel like that too, there are too many options and how could I choose just one.. and then stick with that? :/ Argh!
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I think I have to include wings, they're such a big part of my work! I do like the font on 'dead stuff' too but it's so overused I don't want to come across as cliche, I want to find something a bit more personal. Hmmmmm!
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Nymla Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes you're right I have seen that kind of fonts a lot. This font is also nice :)
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Tuonenkalla Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
If you had one clear logotype, clear set of fonts and colors you use, it would allow you to have these little variations, if you ask me. If the logo and fonts/colors otherwise stay the same, people would recognize you from those. Then you could have, say, three variations (that halloween-theme, this earthly-theme and e.g. fairy tale-theme) running under it. Since you do a lot of different things I think it could work out, and it shouldn't be that hard to maintain.
Also I like the logo here. I liked the earlier too, but this leans to both fantasy and nature with it's design, and it looks very much like you.
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Magweno Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I think that's why I'm trying to aim for! If you look at brand boards like Saffron Avenue make saffronavenue.com/recent-work/… you can see how variations on the same logo in a set palette of colours REALLY works but keeps it fresh. On that Meghan Lazier brand she has three different ones, the main font-based logo and two submarks. If I come up with a palette that suits me, then keep the font the same, that could be the font based logo, and the collaged surrounding can change with each season to reflect what's on topic for that time of year. (Winter/snow, autumn/halloween, spring/fairy tale, summer/fun etc). Then have a couple of submarks to use as trendy watermarks/embossing/marketing etc
Maybe! 
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Tabon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I think in this instance, the entire composition looks like an ident for an interesting nature documentary, and you would expect the "Magweno" bit to remain as the logo. I think it's all a bit too confusing. Mostly because of the lichen and twigs at the top making no particular shape, and then at the bottom I'm finding it very hard to differenciate between the items. I realise now it's a bell and 3 feathers next to some horns, but it needs to be obvious straight off. In that sense, it was easier to tell in the Halloween one, if also because there was a set amount of colours; grey blue, orange and an accent of light apple green. 3 colours work well, generally, and I think your logo would benefit from it here too. (: (also I preffered the previous font. I think it should be kept consistent through your designs. To me it reflected your dolls perfectly and wasn't too niche towards Halloween. I think this font is too fairytaleish - therefore the audience isn't as broad and feels also somewhat directed to a younger audience as well)
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