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    UPDATE: I revisited this project a few months after the original creation. Scroll on down to the bottom to see what's changed! When this clie… Read More
    UPDATE: I revisited this project a few months after the original creation. Scroll on down to the bottom to see what's changed! When this client, now associate of mine, contacted me to make a koi carp design for his clothing line, I was beyond excited. I absolutely love koi carps and what they stand for. I hope you enjoy watching this project as I absolutely loved working on it :) Read Less
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When this client, now associate of mine, contacted me to make a koi carp design for his clothing line, I was beyond excited. I absolutely love koi carps and
what they stand for.
I believe this passion shows through the entirety of this project. Have a look for yourself!

I often skip the paper stage and jump right into Adobe Illustrator, but I figured this project deserved a proper sketch, in the traditional way. 
I ended up really happy about how the paper version turned out and how efficiently 
I was able to bring it into illustrator. 
Recently I have been getting a lot of requests to show more insight into how I work and make my designs come to life. So I shared the digital process I went through to create this koi carp.
I got a lot of positive reactions on my timelapse on creating the linework this illustration is based upon. I anticipated this and kept recording while I already started coloring and shading
Below you'll find more than 3 hours of creative process, 
compressed into 59 seconds.  
Below you will find the fully finished illustration in it's vectorbased, pixel-overloaded crispyness! 
Feel free to stare...
For presentation purposes and to satisfy the fellow Behancer, I also threw it on some mock ups, I hope you enjoyed this project! 



UPDATE

A few months later I decided to revisit this project, play with some of the colors and change it's purpose. As my client never ended up using this design, I changed it up to work as an apparel design for FaZe, a big gaming and entertainment organisation.

Take a look at what I came up with! 
- All the amazing music featured in this project is courtesy of Anthony Russo -