The Brief: To create an animal character to be used on a young child’s t-shirt, and then extended to further products. In the end, a whole series of animals were created.

Role: Graphic designer and illustrator responsible for concept, design, and implementation of all lettering and illustration.

Tools Used: Pencil & pen, paper, scanner, Adobe Creative Suite.


Drawing cute animals is one of my favorite pastimes, so this series of kid’s t-shirt designs and greeting cards had “fun” written all over it. I started out with some hand-drawn pencil sketches, deciding what animals I wanted to draw and what I wanted them to be doing (I have to admit I was giggling over some of my ideas). Then I hand-inked elements on paper and scanned them into the computer to vectorize, combine, clean-up, and add color in Adobe Illustrator.

And what cute little items they turned out to be! I was so happy with the t-shirt designs that I took the same drawings and brought them into a greeting card angle, hand-lettering new text to align with greeting card occasions. I also illustrated a few other cute characters for greeting cards to add to the collection. In the end, I came up with 5 t-shirts and 6 greeting cards, with plans to add more to the collection.