Logo artwork for bellydancers is rare. For most, a photograph of the dancer serves as their logo. While our photographs represent us as Raks Africa, the performance duo, we wanted a different look for our business, Your Body Raks. In January, we contacted artist Karin Turner to commission art for the logo identity of Your Body Raks. From our very first laughter-filled phone conversation with Karin, we felt at ease and confident that she “got us.” Based in Oakland, Karin is most known for her whimsical, colorful figurative portraits of full-bodied African-American women.
To start, we selected some of Karin’s work for inspiration and then met with her in person. A few weeks later, Karin sent us some preliminary sketch options:
We loved the options that Karin offered us. We appreciated that she really saw us and captured our spirit. We gave her some feedback, requesting that the body be fuller throughout, especially the breasts and belly.
When Tammy and I went to Karin’s studio to see the final design, we were stunned by the bold, full-color, big-bellied beauty.
Your Body Raks is not only Tammy and Etang—it is you, too. We invite you to see yourself in this image. We see you. Beauty. Passion. Grace. Joy. What do you see?
Our Your Body Raks logo design is almost complete. Hatty Lee is designing the typography to accompany this artwork. We cannot wait to unveil the complete design.For more information about Karin Turner, please visit her website.
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