The Making Of Our Mascot and Ribbon | #WWRRM

Hey everyone! Welcome to the OFFICIAL start of August, and with that the official starting point of Worldwide Recovery Recognition Month. In this post, I’d like to continue exploring the making of our mascot and ribbon and why these are important, as well as my general thoughts about the process of making them. ๐Ÿ™‚ And, of course, the behind the scenes of making them!

So, as I mentioned before, I have made a video of me coloring in the mascot, it’s just a 2 hour long video I have yet to edit and put music overlay on and deal with. But, I’ll get there eventually and have an update with this post later.

My Artwork! THUMB

Currently, I am listening to some wonderful music by Josh Woodward, do check him out, as some of my upcoming drawing/coloring videos feature a lot of his music ๐Ÿ™‚

The household is also a bit LOUD AND RAMBUNCTIOUS right now and I have Kaiden coming over soon so we can go together to the OCD support group tonight, so there’s a bit on my mind and in my environment that I’m juggling to gain traction over. Without further ado, let’s get started!

So, I’ll show the mascot first, here was the original sketch:

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Important to note: I used a sitting unicorn reference image for this piece.

Here is that reference image that you can easily find through a Google search:

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This is as I started using the watercolors.

I used: watercolors, pearlescent watercolors and gel pens to complete this piece. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other photos behind the scenes AKA the close-ups:

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When using the white gel pen on the face, I accidentally brushed into the black of the eyes and brow so it created that streaks of grey effect, although it actually looks pretty cool.

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A close up where you can see more of the glitter and sparkles throughout the piece.

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And, finally, an overview.

I personally like my unicorns to have rainbow hair and grey hooves. The horn, I want to be a sparkling white but haven’t figured out a good way to convey that, yet. This mascot will be featured, of course, through future Vol 2 of Recovery Restoration and probably cards that I give to people. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rainbow in the background only felt natural, and I hope that you enjoy this piece and find it amusing and cute for our mission this month long. The mascot will likely be featured in each post for this month, with some give or take for some posts, either at the top or at the bottom, that’s our cue that it’s WWRRM. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m also thinking of following the lead from some other blogs that I follow and doing a year in review at the end of the year, where I’ll feature some posts and artwork of what we accomplished in 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚


Now let’s jump into the ribbon!

Every cause HAS to have a ribbon, and it’s important that that ribbon is unique. It’s yet another cue that a mission is taking place and I think that’s important for people who see it to know that something is lurking behind that piece of cloth.

As far as I know, there was NOT a ribbon like ours before this point in time (when I made it). It is silver on one arm completely, then smacked in between red for substance use disorders and green for mental health awareness. The silver is meant to represent the universe, or the stars, in this large galaxy we share in and live in. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s about perspective.

Here is a refresher of what the ribbon completed looks like:

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The ribbon is kind of like an infomercial ad. It shows where to follow the hashtag, how to submit for the hashtag and who is sponsoring this event and what that hashtag is. I used all gel pens (Yoobi and Yummy Yummy) and crayons for this piece.

In making this ribbon, I thought and imagined to myself, other people one day making replicas of it to participate in the event. That is SO cool, I think!! I hope one day #WWRRM gets there. It’s all gotta start somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here is the ribbon up close, when the background was yet to be complete and the glitter is visible!

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From afar, featuring the pens used.

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Outlined.

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A different angle, completed and with SHINE.

I have been having much practice this year drawing unicorns, but that process if for a future post!

I have to go now, but I hope this was interesting and that you enjoyed some further backstory to these creations. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for reading!!! โค โค โค

Stay safe.