Enamel pins (along with embodied patches) are set to become one of the biggest items on people's Christmas wish lists and guides for 2016. As they are so affordable, they make for the perfect stocking fillers. So I knew it was the perfect time to get onto the pin game bandwagon.
So I've designed two different enamel pins, similar in theme to many of my other products; a funky coloured hair girl, winking pink and blue haired Jocelyn, and a cute kitty-cat, a blue-grey striped cat with blue glasses.
It was actually pretty fun to get back into creating a few vector illustrations in Photoshop. I used to use Photoshop all the time for designing things as a web designer and when I first started to get back into illustration (I wasn't sure what kind of art I wanted to create, digital or non-digital), but since then, Photoshop has been mostly for creating blog images and cleaning up scans. I haven't used the pen tool this extensively for a very long time!
I also had to navigate the world of Pantones for the first time in a few years to find the right colours to give to my suppliers, Zap! Creatives. But I think I found the perfect ones (though there doesn't seem to be a Pantone for a lighter skin tone).
The cat pin is a little throwback to one of my oldest items, a cat and book themed wooden brooch inspired by this photo of my cat Monty. I think I like putting glasses onto cats. And my girl Jocelyn, so named for her playful smile and wink (the name means happy and joyful), has hair dyed in the colours of my branding, a cute pastel pink and blue.
So what do you guys think? If you want to buy both pins, remember to select the "Both Pins" option to get a special discounted price.
If these guys sell well, I'll hopefully be able to add some more enamel pins to my products soon (they are darn expensive to produce!).