I teach yoga, which influenced the theme of my t-shirt. I knew I wanted to do something with sanskrit, or yoga phrases and an image to match it.
I sketched out these ideas. I played around with dogs and upward facing and downward facing dog pose. I continuously found myself drawn to skulls and savasana.
I knew that I would actually wear a shirt with a skull on it rather than a cartoon dog. I tried to keep that in mind “Savasana” means “corpse pose” in English, which also inspired me to use a skull.
I drafted a quick mockup of an idea.
As I continued to play around with the skull, I kept coming back to the idea of a sugar skull. I looked online at images of sugar skulls. I realized I could use the sugar skull to incorporate more symbolism into my design.
I created a mandala, which is a type of drawing eastern monks use; I have created yoga flows based off of the principle of mandalas.
As I created the sugar skull, I felt like the mandala was not really working. I continued to look at various sugar skulls and I realized most of them have a design on the chin. I chose to place the mandala on the chin.
I also placed the “ohm” sign on the forehead, which also represent the third-eye center, or center of intuition and creativity.
I chose a script font. A yoga small yoga brand I like uses a font that looks similar to this, which inspired my choice of font for this design.
I forgot to take more screenshots of my process. But it eventually lead to this:
I am a certified yoga instructor. I love yoga and I love teaching yoga. I have a passion for health and having balance.
I love learning about visual design and I hope to continue to improve in that skill set.