Machete Rose is a character that’s a little dark. Well, very dark. I like to think of her as a love child between Tim Burton and Quentin Tarrantino. Macabre but endearing, a fighter for the misunderstood underdogs of the world. An elegant girl with a hint of lethal.
Inspired by gothic, nautical and mexican dia de los meurtos references, I worked on a logo and font that represented her. The following is what fell out of my brain:
I like the mexican sugar skull imagery but felt the human skull was a little predictable. I felt the dainty but sharp bird skull drawing suited Machete’s personality. I came to this via the swallow birds that are often used in sailor jerry tattoo art. I love the way and style they are drawn but felt they needed something to make it blend as a whole with the logo. Essentially saying many things in the one image.
That’s what I love about illustration.
Having created the character logo, I thought, damn, that’s a sexy font. So I went the whole hog and created this:
Whilst playing with the mexican day of the dead/bird skull imagery, I came up with this fella too: