I did a logo-type graphic for a client who owns the Cedar Mountain Mandolin Company. He makes awe inspiringly beautiful mandolins, and I got a tour of the shop and whole operation.
On the inside of a given mandolin, there is a decal you can peek in to see a few details about the it. Besides the iconic graphic/company name, there is the signature of the maker, the number in the series, the date it was produced, the model number….There are a lot of things you might want to know- consider how long an instrument like that will be around!
In rendering the logo, it was tricky to make a cedar tree that was recognizable as such, but with strokes sparse enough that it would have that “rustic” feel, and yet translate well to a 3 inch by 2 inch wide oval! that is not a lot of space to work with. You can see the other versions are completely different pen drawings of varying complexity or simplicity.
I will include images when I see the actualized decal in a mandolin.