Guapa's Mexican Grill
Logomark Exploration

11/22/21 -  Simplified 6A (remove floral pupils and extra florals from hairband)
Note from Lisa: Per our phonecall, here is the simplified version of 6A. Next steps will be a mockup of how she'd look on a window film with the black eyes/nose as negative space.  I will also work on a one color version (that could be all green or black/white).  More soon!

Version 7A
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11/01/21 -  Narrowed the skull, try adding accents to hair, try lighter pink
Note from Lisa: Here are some variations on the hair with a less round skull. Honestly, I'm struggling a bit with the hair and the skull being more narrow. I think it takes away from the charming, effortless, simple quality of the sugar skull. Please let me know your thoughts. Perhaps we should try a flower headdress or sunburst halo around the skull instead?

Version 6A
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Version 6B
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Version 6C
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Version 6D
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10/26/21 -  Adding back the floral elements and mouth detail + dropping the apostrophe
Note from Lisa: Raffi and I talked phone and text to get feedback on the last wave of revisions. We decided to add back the floral and mouth details that made it look like a sugar skull.  I also removed the apostrophe from the lettering and changed back to the lettering with texture. 

We tried hair with no fill and hair with bright pink, neither of which looked right (see below).  Notes from this session: try to narrow the face, try softer pink, try some accent lines in the hair.

Version 5A
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Version 5B
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10/22/21 -  Exploring hair, mouth shape, and eye/nose color.
Note from Lisa: I also updated the text to the solid version (not vintage version).  I'm still not 100% happy with the balance.  This could benefit from some refinement, but wanted to show you where it is at now and get your read.  Shown with black hair and eyes, with no black at all, and as a one color design.

Version 4a
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Version 4b
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Version 4c
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10/15/21 - Introducing Color
Inspiration: fresh, organic, friendly, feminine, healthy, marigolds. Food inspirations: guacamole, tomatillo, lime, radish, watermelon, saffron, mango, Spanish Rice. Shown with possible lettering and also small as a repeating icon.

Version 3
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10/12/21 - Refining the mouth more
Notes from Lisa: Hi there, here are some versions of A and E without the stitches to look at during our call. I have on my list to explore eyelashes and forehead motifs next... 

 

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10/11/21 - Refining the mouth
Notes from Lisa: Based on the feedback for the first wave, to make the skull more friendly and feminine, I focused on refining mouth options.  Next step I can lay out flower and eyebrow options to complement the winning mouth style.

 

Context: Here are some versions I researched that I would describe as "Disney" friendly, including one from Disney's Coco Movie.  Most have flowers in their hair as well.
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In these first versions, I've removed the other decorative motifs so we can focus on mouth options.

Version 2 A
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Version 2 B
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Version 2 C
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Version 2D
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Version 2E
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Here are the same versions with some decorative motifs applied, mainly to illustrate that the end result will look more balanced (no gaping blank forehead space). If any of these motifs appeal to you, please mention them by number in your feedback.  Same if there are any motifs you don't like or don't want to see again.
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10/06/21 - First Looks
Notes from Lisa: I began by drawing a skull with similar proportions to the shared emojis, elongating the jaw somewhat. Mapping out the anatomy placement and beginning to play with some "feminine motifs" including a forehead flower similar to the colored illustration shared.

Version 1.0 A

Black and white concept

(this would likely have color added)
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Version 1.0 B

One color = white
How it may look as window film
(like current truffle logo on glass)
Below is a peek at some of what is currently on my illustrator workspace
(in case another option being explored catches your eye)
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