Motivational Marine life
The Motivational Marine Life Range has been one of the most popular of recent years.
The cute watercolours depicting sea creatures big and small, conveying a message to help you stay motivated and positive have been developed into a range of cards, mugs and badges.
I first created this range back in 2018 and I just loved the simplicity of the characters.
I had been given some new watercolours to try out and tried some new techniques. I had also just back into painting again, and I felt this was good practice!
When I released them via my store, their popularity grew, but I also developed my drawing and painting techniques.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2020, and I decided I would recreate them with a more realistic look.
I felt much more confident in my abilties and I loved creating the illustrations.
I was even able to create a series of colouring pages and created my own colouring book (with helpful facts).
But something niggled at me about these images, they just weren't as popular as the motivational marine life, I couldn't work out why...
Until I realised they didn't convey the same positive and encourage message that the orginal drawings had. They were lovely to look at, the colours bold, but they didn't convey the MGB message I had orginally intended.
But why Marine Life?
Well, the Mini Geek (nearly 11 years old at time of writing) is a HUGE fan of all things Marine Biology ever since he was little and enjoyed watching Octonauts. We have visited lots of aquariums over the years, including the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, the Sea Life centre at the well known coastal town of Birmingham (I kid!!), The Deep at Hull and the Mini Geek absolutely lost his mind when we visited the American
Museum of Natural History and saw a life sized Blue Whale. (Seriously, they are HUGE)
I have always wanted MGB products to convey a positive message and I do love a good pun, and with the Mini Geek's help I came up with a variety of animals and some wonderful puns.
This leads us to now. Once again I revisited the illustrations and decided I would combine the cuteness of the original drawings with a little bit of realisim, rather than them floating (excuse the pun...) on a plain white background.
I am so happy with how these drawings have turned out. I have put them on a mug, and created little prints and badges already! I hope to include them on some more products, so look out for those!