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  1. bspinney26

    Heitert's NHL

    Oh, Nice! Good, clean design. Definitely could picture a team presenting that logo to the public. We could nitpick color combos, but pick one and go with it. Good work!
  2. This new Tony has completely changed my buying behavior. The $50,000 they spent to have a part-time graphic designer nudge some lines around has led to my average of 1.0 Tony's Pizzas a year to 1.2 Tony's pizzas per year.
  3. Yeah, I second the "pure sex" comment. Brilliant execution, it's out of the norm and an actual representation of a phantom-like creature. Really like the jaw getting wild.
  4. You certainly have the talent (I really like the red-white-red, it makes me think he has the flag draped over his shoulder), but I offer a few tweaks for your consideration: 1. The hat, as others have mentioned, is a bit short. This is what I'm reminded of: 2. You may want to bring the chin to a soft point, similar to the base of the cheek. That's more a style thing, I don't think it's a flaw. 3. The left or back shoulder, the red-white-red curve should mimic the curve of the blue outline beyond it. The thickness of the border is fine, it's just that difference in curve that is really drawing my eye over there. 4. The blue of the nose, either making the silver fill more of that area or taking the left point of the nose and tucking it a bit closer. 5. (Last 1 I swear, don't get discouraged!): The two red stripes, play with that part of the curve a bit more. Good start!
  5. the rockalanche , rockies colorado one is brilliant! perfect execution, i mean i keep looking at it, i want to see it on a jersey. great, great job
  6. While I only officially joined a short time ago, I lurked the boards for a long time and I think I have (3) big/great/huge series ideas: The FIERCE THIS Challenge This first one is called FIERCE THIS!, and when the boards are a bit slow, or you're a bit bored, you Fierce This: Frogs, or Fierce This: Grasshoppers, or House Cats, or something that is not typically fierce. The challenge is to then create a sports logo that wouldn't make you immediately start laughing at the team mascot. And of course, you have all the range in the world; the Frogs name doesn't have to be used, instead you could be the Toads or the Peepers or the Tree Frogs or whatever. The important point is that you try to create an intimidating bunny, pony, skunk (polecat), etc. So someone makes a logo for something silly or typically considered soft or cuddly or wimpy, and then we all try to toughen up the image. The PROFESSIONAL Challenge We always create logos of great old jobs--miners, blacksmiths, soldiers of all types. But this challenge is to take a modern profession and make it work: doctors, surgeons, lawyers, professors, politicians, librarians...I mean, think of how hard it might be to create The Librarians look good and sporty enough to be on a minor league team's jersey? This is another one where the approach can be made a million different ways, and it should start a pretty good thread. THE GREAT STATE OF... A state-based logo series that uses only official state birds, fruits, animals, fish, etc. as the mascot. New Hampshire (my state) has a history of using Granite (the state mineral, we are "The Granite State") as a team name for local and amateur teams. Our tree is the birch, our amphibian is the Red-Spotted Newt, our animal, the White-Tailed Deer... You get the idea. The point is to make us break out of our creative box. We can only create the Bulldogs and the Knights so many times. Plus, if it takes off, we could create a league of all 50 states. Those are my ideas, and if the community doesn't embrace it, you still may see my attempts at a few of these things. Any thoughts on these? Any out-of-the-box ideas you might be holding onto?
  7. Could you (the universal us/you) create a blue note that has the style of the trumpet that works?
  8. Thanks, Undead. I see what you're saying. I'm going to let this logo breathe for a bit and then give it a fresh eye and take a another shot at it.
  9. What about just blowing that head up?
  10. bspinney26

    Programs?

    I second the pencil sketching approach. Don't deny yourself posting logos, especially when you will have to not only acquire a program, but learn how to use it, too.
  11. Yeah I still feel like I'm a bit paint-by-numbers at the moment. When I am creating something from scratch, I know I have to work on my hands, eyes, and shading, especially. My job as an illustrator is technical and it's a family business, so I learned by fire instead of schooling (I was an English major, haha), so "seeing" the logo before I start drawing is difficult but getting easier. You (Undead) or anyone else is welcome to scribble over a few lines to help me see where the shading should be. I started playing with it, but ended up trashing the progress. Anyway, my starting point was updating this:
  12. I always save for web and devices, but in this case I uploaded the file from its location on my blog. Would the solution be: Upload a smaller (3.5 MB) jpeg to my blog, then point to that web address? Worth a shot, anyway.
  13. Hi guys, I was a curious onlooker over at Puckdrawn and when the site shut down, I decided it was time to start my own. I'm a full-time Technical Illustrator and this is my first complete logo. I used Fraser Davidson's great tutorial for the presentation. I welcome the C&C, just wanted to introduce myself. I don't know if it's out of school, but if you are interested in the project and would like to join in, you can check out the High School Hockey Project. Let me know what you think!
  14. I ditto the expanded border thickness, but you may also want to consider bringing in the light from the front of the head. The way the duck is currently presented the sun comes in from the right to the back of the head. I think you want him lit from the front, that will make the middle and rear of the helmet a darker color, and the the forehead to mid will be the highlighted white. It give the impression of forward movement. FOR BOSTON: Try grabbing each eye individually and make them larger, it will make them look less pinched.
  15. To get the distortion on the right side of the Jag, did you have to repeat the distorted background in a new layer and overlay? Or were able to apply that with just the background?