One of the things that I’ve been wanting to do or have here on JaypeeOnline was a blog mascot. The reason why I wanted to have one is because a blog mascot is one good way of branding a blog, making a blog stand out from the crowd and easier to identify for readers and visitors. A mascot is also good for marketing a blog. It works the same way as companies use their corporate logos, while others have both – a logo and a mascot.
When I decided that I wanted/needed a mascot for my blog, I started to look around for someone who can create it for me. I tried contacting and requesting quotes from different sites/designers but unfortunately, most of their fees were too expensive for my budget. I searched high and low, left and right but to no avail. I also asked the help of friends to find someone who can do this type of job for me. It took me a long time before I was able to find someone. I accidentally came across Dan Bailey while looking for stock illustrations from iStockphoto.
Dan Bailey is a freelance graphic artist/designer who creates royalty-free illustrations on his free time and sells them at iStockphoto. After checking out his portfolio and sample work, I immediately contacted him via email and told him what I needed. Unfortunately at that time, he was busy with several projects and told me that he can’t accept the job but told me to check back a couple months later when he’s no longer busy. To make the long story short, I contacted him again a couple months later and he was available, so we started working on the blog mascot.
Here are some of the rough sketches Dan made:
Dan would work on a sketch and send it to me for approval, then I would send it back to him with the changes that I wanted to be done. That continued for several days until I finally liked how the mascot looked like and asked Dan to make the final copy. The mascot was already done by May and has been lying around during my 2 month hiatus. I’m glad that I had the time to do it and finish it yesterday. Some of you might have already seen it on my blog header as I’ve added since yesterday, but I wanted to do an official introduction so that you guys would know about it, how it was made. It also serves as an invitation to my RSS subscribers, those of you who are reading my posts from different RSS aggregators to stop by and check out JaypeeOnline’s blog mascot.
The one in the blog header is a bit too small so I provide a larger version of the finished product below.
[I’ve added some watermarks just as a precautionary measure to deter image pirates or thieves]
If you might notice, the mascot closely resembles my profile pic in my About page. I’ll also be implementing/incorporating the blog mascot into my RSS feed and also on my Twitter account. I’m not really that good in graphic design so its taking me a while and I’m still working on the Twitter background. But do expect it soon.
Dan Bailey is a very good designer to work with. I feel very fortunate to have met him and happy that I chose him to create this blog mascot for me. He’s honest, very patient, does his work on schedule and that’s why I highly recommend him to anyone who would want to have a blog mascot or any other illustrations done for personal use, their blog/website or company. You can visit his website at danbaileyonline.co.uk or his blog and if you want to contact him via email, you can ask me and I’ll provide you his email address.
Btw, aside from incorporating the blog mascot to the header section, I’ve also changed the banner design by changing the font type/style .
What do you guys think about JaypeeOnline’s blog mascot? Well, I hope you guys like it. Feel free to leave your comments, reactions or suggestions regarding the mascot and the changes I’ve made to the banner.
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