Friday, March 18, 2016

Hello Mauritius!

When I was a kid I used to collect stamps. (Such a nerd right?) I loved that you could learn so much about a place through stamps - I would often go and research the different and exotic places that I saw. I still have a stamp book full of the stamps I collected! Recently it's also been so lovely being part of the Postcrossing community and receiving and exchanging postcards from all over the world! Always so interesting to see different countries' stamps!

So this is my first stab at a postage stamp. 

For me nothing quite says "Mauritius" like the Dodo bird especially as it was the only known habitat of the bird! The Dodo was first spotted by Dutch settlers when they arrived in Mauritius in 1598 and it was hunted to extinction in 1662.

A few process sketches.

Playing around with colour.

 The final piece. 

I'm thinking of trying an even more limited colour palette too, possibly even it being completely linework. What do you think?

You can take a look at some interesting stamps here and here!

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