Custom name illustrations

I’m always trying to think of neat personalized things to give to my kids. One day I just started doodling Mackson’s name and the next thing you know….This showed up on my paper.

After creating it I immediately felt guilty for leaving Vander out. So then I created a new sketch for Vander. I wanted to replicate the style of the first illustration so he could have a special sketch that matched his brother’s. I think they turned out looking fairly similar.

What I realized when I had finished messing around was, I REALLY like doing this. It was so easy and fun. And it taps into the teenager inside me who loves to aimlessly fill a page with visual nonsense. I think I may have a new little fun project on my hands.

If you’re thinking, “I want to create these for myself too”, here are some helpful hints I followed.

1. Use descriptive words of the person to inspire the doodle. When I was drawing I was actively thinking of words that describe my son.

2. Add in some elements that depict favorite items or activities. I was thinking about all the things he likes to play, TV he watches, toys he’s drawn to, activities we constantly do together etc. The robot in Mackson’s name is a nod to his favorite TV show “Team Umizoomi” and the robot from Yo Gabba Gabba.

3. Include some elements that symbolize the origin for the child’s name. Mackson’s middle name is King, the same as my maiden name so a crown just fit.

4. Lastly, make sure you add your own personal feelings, love, pride, and hopes for them into the doodles. Vander’s sketch has a top hat depicting the feelings that I have about him being a sweet little gentleman. I can just tell that he is going to be a thoughtful and charismatic guy when he grows up.

If you have NO desire to draw versions of these for yourself, I’m willing to make you my guinea pig. I want to see if I can do this for other people. So who wants a free custom name doodle?  The first three people who want to try this experiment and provide me with all the info needed will be featured in a follow-up post.

What I need from potential guinea pigs:

Full name of person (It should be someone you know almost as well as you know yourself, a child, parent, spouse etc.), 3 descriptive words of the person, 3 hobbies or interest they may have and don’t forget the 3 feeling/hopes/dreams you have for them.

Feel free to send me an email with the details outtloud@gmail.com.

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