Last night I had the realization that Little Girl's school has a mascot. They're the lions. So it would make sense to offer lions to the teacher though I didn't yet have a lion design.
Now, I do.
But... Here's the thing about taking something and flattening/squaring the image. There's a thing that it has to have to make it look like that something rather than something else. The trick is to figure out that thing.
Apparently, for lions it's the eyes.
So I looked online and looked and looked at lion pictures and the big thing I noticed was the darkness around the eyes -- so the big white areas I'd added for cuteness gave me dog even thought the eyes themselves are very definitely cat eyes.
In the end for Lion, I added the black, made the nose a little more curvy on the top -- and having forgotten I'd switched sizes on my hole punch to get a size I could fit the eye-stems through, I made the whisker holes too big. To fix the lack of darkness created by larger holes I added some little metal tab things I found at a garage sale last weekend. I also twisted the bottom of the ears a little to make them wider at the top than the bottom.
But I found it a little fascinating to see how much a few little differences changes the whole thing -- that works for writing too, but isn't as easy to display -- and I thought I'd share.