Mei Malia

Mei Malia

Project Overview.

This illustration was created to represent a brand that holds strong in its Black and Hawaiian roots. The client wanted an illustration for the packaging for their hair extensions –  a new business that the client hopes to pass down to her granddaughter.

This design was done under contract for Moonlit Media.

Mei Malia
October 2019
Sketching, Vector Illustration, Adobe Illustrator

The concept.

My goal was to create a vibrant and culturally resonant illustration of a Hawaiian woman depicted with outstretched arms in a dance-like pose. A large focus was made to capture the essence of long, flowing hair to accentuate movement and fluidity. I provided examples of diverse hair accessory options inspired by Hawaiian culture, such as floral hair clips, traditional headpieces, or woven adornments.

The final look.

The client directed the illustration to focus on the full hair and sun-kissed skin – traits she holds with pride. Great care was taken to make sure the skin tone was luminous and rich.

The main imagery is contained in a circle to make it easy to center and place on products and to use in marketing.

The font is both strong, as the serifs look rooted, while maintaining an air of elegance and femininity with its light weight.