WHAT IS A MASCOT & WHY YOU NEED IT
Mascots, also called brand characters, serve as an ambassador of a brand or a company.
Brand characters make brands distinctive, recognizable and memorable. They also give you endless possibilities to create visual content online.You can put them in various situations, change their mood and clothes. You can even let them communicate with your audience directly.
Imagine if people can recognize your brand at a glance just from a single image!
However, creating such a powerful mascot is not an easy task.
A mascot is more of a branding strategy creation than a design piece.
This is why we don’t just design brand characters.
We design distinctive mascots, based on research, and help you transform the character into an ambassador of your company.
What we do
Step 1: creating the concept of your mascot
If the character is going to speak for you, you have to choose it well. Brand characters can be people, animals, or even objects. If you are still not sure, don’t worry just contact us and we’ll help you out!
You can also check out the article we’ve created to help you out deciding which type of mascot will best fit your business.
To get the full potential of your character you should make it part of your content strategy. Every business has different needs and the line between the great mascot and a cheesy cartoon can be easily crossed. You need to know how your audience will respond to your character and analyze the success and the mistakes of other brands in the past.
We take into account your specific audience, what type of character would fit.# We analyze the content strategy of brand characters in your industry: types of characters and styles, how they use their brand characters.
We help you integrate your mascot into your branding and visual strategy.
Step 2: Sketching
We will create several sketches that you can choose from.
During this sketch phase, we can make any changes. This way we can experiment and find what suits the brand best.
We will proceed to the digital version when you are 100% happy with the design concept.
Step 3: Make it digital
We will create a scalable vector image based on the sketch, which means that you can later easily add it to illustrations, scale it however you want or change small details like colors easily.
Finally, we choose the colors of your character and add the details and shadows.
Once the mascot design is finalized, we provide you with AI or SVG vector files, as well as raster PNG and JPEG file formats. The raster files can be directly used on your website, social media or anywhere you need.
Step 4: Building Your Mascot Strategy
We will prepare a Visual Strategy for your brand.
The strategy will help you plan how and where to use your character on your website, social media and any kind of marketing materials.
It is a handbook on how to use your mascot to promote your brand.
Step 5 (Optional): get additional Poses, Emotions, and outfits!
To harvest the full potential of your character you need to make it alive. Having different variations of your character such as emotions, actions and outfits gives you the freedom to put the character in various contexts on your website, blog and social media!
Making your character doing different things is the key to bringing life into it. The options are infinite – working on a computer, talking on the phone or going on a vacay. Hint: Make your character perform an action, with a hint of humor, that your audience can relate to will make your content go viral!
You can also have additional items like the flipchart and the briefcase above. They are usually used as part of the poses, but can also be used separately.
- Facial Expressions
One of the things that make mascots look alive are emotions. Happy, sad, angry or amazed – you name it, we draw it!
Surprise your audience with different outfits and costumes for holidays like Christmas and Halloween.
It’s time to put your character in a situation. The backgrounds are also vectors. We build them in a specific way so that you can later put your character in different poses, and so create different scenes.
If you’d like to get your character in several poses or emotions, check out our Mascot Packs!
Check out our portfolio to see other characters in action!
We know you want a unique and memorable character. That’s why in the process of creating your character we carefully design every single detail!
The price depends on the complexity of your character and it starts at $498 for the character in one pose (one illustration of the character). The prices for additional poses, actions or outfits depend on the complexity of the design.
* Prices are in USD and do not include VAT. 20% VAT may apply.
“I’m very happy with the character design and visual strategy. Victoria was great to work with throughout. Excellent communication, helpful advice throughout and great end product.”
“Fantastic to work with. Timely execution, great results and post-production advice.“
“I’ve always wanted to see myself as a cartoon character. I was amazed when I saw my avatar finished. It looks just like me! I can’t wait to use it on my website, stickers and business cards! The avatar will make them so unique and catchy!”
“Super happy with my avatar. I feel like it is ideal representation of me online. I ordered it for personal use and so far my experience has been stellar!”
“It is really important to use a personal approach to clients in my work. The only way to attract their attention during the first contact is to present myself in a unique way and my avatar made my business cards look so interesting to the clients. I haven’t believed it is possible to represent a face so accurately as a cartoon, but Victoria managed to capture all my facial features, the shape of my face and the eyebrows. It went far beyond my expectations.”
“I got my avatar as a gift and when I first saw it, I couldn’t belive someone managed to draw my face in such incredible detail! The wrinkles and dimples around my mouth and nose were so accurate that my friends could recognize it was me only by looking at the lower part of the avatar’s face. The only problem with my avatar is that I recently dyed my hair black so I will surely be getting an updated version in the near future!”
When should I pay?
Great creative ideas come when both sides feel secure. That’s why we require 50% of the payable amount upfront. You will pay the rest in the end when you see the final design.
How to pay?
You may pay with a credit/debit card, by a bank transfer, or via PayPal.
How long does it take?
For the mascot design of one pose (1 illustration), it takes 12 business days to complete after agreeing to the proposal. It takes extra days if you request additional emotions, poses or outfits.
Which file formats are included?
You’ll receive a vector file of your character (.ai, .eps or .svg), as well as raster files (.png and .jpeg).
Will I own the rights?
Yes, you will receive full ownership of your character.