He asked me to incorporate the name and birthdate of the baby boy in the design. As it wouldbe for a boy he wanted a bit of a bolder and tough font.
Mike saw the nightlight with a forest theme I made earlier and said that was the kind of atmosphere he was looking for. So, he wanted a Bambi-style forest theme, like a small clearing in the woods, but without the buntings I did in the nightlight. Instead he asked to have the name incorporated in the design itself.
Designing the papercut
With this information in mind I started designing.
A tricky part in designing a scene like this, is that I want it to look interesting and make your eyes wander all over the piece, instead of going in a boring horizontal line. To do this I created different groundlevels.
I also decided to have some interaction between the fox and fawn and fill the forest with little forest creatures (and the little monkey!) to give it a fun, playful (and a bit a “cute”) look, without using buntings etc.
I think the final piece does give that ‘Bambi-feel’, don’t you?
What the client said:
(translated from Dutch)
“They (the new parents) were extremely happy with it and they really thought it was beautiful. So I fortunately got the pat on the back for choosing this gift.”
“It also was such a festive package, all nicely wrapped and with the separate cards, it just felt complete.
Creative craftmanship with an eye for all the personal details to which I didn’t even know I wanted them in the piece. I really take my hat off to you!” Mike - The Netherlands