Happy New Year! As we enter 2019 one of the most exciting pieces of news is the naming of our blue ladybug** mascot – after six months of anonymity I can finally say that she has a name and her name is Gary!
** or ladybird for those on the other side of the atlantic <3
Gary – from larvae to beetle
Like You’re Perfect Studio, Gary has come quite a long way during our first six months. The initial concept came while Catherine was bouncing ideas off of Yeti, one of our early contributors. She remembered Katrina’s love of ladybugs and the idea of an off-colored ladybug giving itself a motivational speech in the mirror came to mind.
At the time she didn’t even know that ladybugs come in different colors! Fun fact: a black ladybug with 2 red dots is called “twice stabbed” :-O
Building on this, Catherine iterated on the ladybug a couple more times (but still in MS Paint)…
Eventually, Yeti recruited Meireille to help with our studio and Catherine’s first task for her was reworking this early logo.
Her first iterations stuck close to Catherine’s original designs…
But we all felt it was a little to creepy – a little too bug-like and we wanted something cuter and more cartoon-like. Sleekdigital, a longtime contributor to our projects, then shared this wonderful cake design from Betty Crocker:
Meireille suggested making some different colors, but after sketching out our beautiful blue lady it was apparent we need look no further.
After licensing her new creation to us under the terms of our Contribution License Agreement we immediately switched all our logos to the beautful new bug and made her available under a CC0 “No Rights Reserved” license on OpenGameArt.org – alowing anyone to use her cuteness in their own projects.
And thus chronicles the story of Gary – one that I think is important to revist when working to create something new as part of a group, so many people played a small role in Gary’s conceptualization – and of course she would not be the beauty that she is without Meireille’s vision and execution!
If you have not already, be sure to check out Meireille’s artstation at: https://www.artstation.com/meireille-essentia