COMMEMORATIVE BADGE

Every year for Valentine’s Day my wife and I try to get in a little road trip, it doesn’t always happen on Valentine’s Day, just in the near proximity. This year it was Crater Lake, and then back up along the Oregon coast along Highway 101. Just before we left I had taken a SkillShare class with Aaron Draplin about round design. So I kind of had something round in mind during the trip, but other than a handful of thumbnail sketches, I didn't get much done, it was a Valentine's trip after all. Anyway, when we got home I came up with this badge design to commemorate our grand adventure. It has a list of the main places we hit along the way, the dates and the number miles traveled. I really had to force myself to simplify the illustrated elements. I also had some trouble picking which elements to make a graphic for, but I finally ended up with Crater Lake, A Valentine's heart, a compass rose, and the lighthouse from Cape Blanco. For the color scheme I went with cream and red because it has a nice retro Valentine feel, and pink was out of the question, because that is a color that my wife just hates—loathes, actually. This project was a lot of fun, and I may have started a new tradition, for every Valentine's Adventure I will make some kind of commemorative badge.

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