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24.03.2018
Fish in the ocean
In celebration of my daughters 5th birthday next week, I asked her whether she would be interested in becoming a designer and producing a "celebration" design for Koivikko. She accepted the job without giving it a second thought.

Within the hour, she had packed a backpack containing a set of Crayola's and a hot pink hard cover notebook. On what was surely the coldest, snowiest and wettest (end of) March in history, we found ourselves pulling on our snow gear and heading out in search of her inspiration.
What's bigger than a lake?
The thought process was amazing. The little artist was desperate to find the right subject to depict through her design. She wanted to find a subject matter that spoke to her but that was big enough to allow her to talent to shine. You could almost watch her mind working as she excitedly looked around for her creativity. She watched her little brother who was clinging over the pier, 5 inches away from falling into the ice-cold water. His favorite thing to do was to lay completely still watching the sea life from above. She joined him, and as they lay there, faces pointed down admiring the underwater life, she knew immediately that those fish would form the focal point of her design.
Shapes and colors
As she started sketching, it seemed as if the pattern already existed in her mind and that she was simply dumping the image onto that piece of paper. She was so focused and did not break her concentration until her drawing was complete.

It's impossible to say exactly what the thought process was for the color scheme chosen. Interestingly though, she adopted a very different process for completing the pattern that I do. She chose her colors before she created the forms.

She started with blue to capture the surface of the water. The fish and the ocean in which they are swimming are colored with various shades of red and orange. Their movement was captured through the "crazy lines" that were drawn in all directions. She added some seaweed, using both green and orange, in case the fish became hungry. Moreover, since she knew that there were probably some stones somewhere in the ocean, she included them using a deep purple. Finally, she added some pink, because pink is her favorite color and because "pink always makes people smile".
She was very pleased with the outcome and proudly explained her brother what all the different components symbolized. Then, we sat in front of the computer together and started to transform her pattern into a digitalized graphic. Like a true art director, she had very clear ideas about how the colors should translate. They were tweaked slightly according to her wishes, but overall the result was very close to her original work.

The smile on her little face when we were done said it all. And, I must confess, I'm rather impressed by what she produced.

Happy birthday Pikku Myy ❤️
I cant wait to see what the future holds for you.