Aby-a-Day – 6 Juli: Marlin redux (Cartoon Tuesday)

NEMO is having a cat show next month, and Iris asked me for an outline of our mascot Marlin. Well…there were a few problems with that. Back in 2013 when I originally drew Marlin, I did it old school: ink on paper, scan, and fill in Photoshop using the paint bucket tool. Eight years ago, it was fine…but I can do better now. Also, back then, I didn’t put outlines and colours on separate layers, so I literally didn’t have the outline handy.

NEMOlogo2021Outline

I put the old logo into Procreate and redrew Marlin. I wanted to keep him as close to the original as possible, because he’s our brand, so I didn’t change anything. I just refined him.

NEMOlogo2021Colour

Then, also in Procreate, I did all the colours except the base cream coat.

NEMOlogo2021Undercolour

Then I shifted back to Photoshop. Sometimes, the old tools are the best tools. I duplicated the outline and filled it all with cream using my trusty paint bucket tool.

NEMOlogo2021QAlllColour

Here are both colour layers together. Keeping with preserving the original, all the colours are eyedroppered from the 2013 drawing.

NEMOlogo2021

And this is the result, a shiny new NEMO logo for the Roaring Twenties!