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  1. Thanks, I'll take it! I think the face could be improved but I still haven't gotten it working any better; they're just kind of a weird looking fish in my view haha. Anyway, I got distracted for a time but decided to come back to this. Here's an update to the Grand Rapids Rampage! This one I didn't want to change too much, but I took some of the little detail marks out to simplify it in some areas, and added a darker shade of red to give it some depth. On the helmet, it felt natural to do a wide, tapered stripe based off the main horn of the logo
  2. I might come back to Portland since it sounds like it isn't quite a winner yet, but for now I'm going to keep moving forward while I experiment with the Forest Dragons logo some more. I again looked to challenge myself with this update, but it felt like a place where some touchups would do some good and not many others have tried to handle in the past. Here is the Minnesota Fighting Pike! I wanted to maintain what they were going for with the 'muddy' color scheme but still get a little more vibrance and contrast between colors so I made the main color a midpoint between the old logo's yellow and dark olive? colors. I tried to simplify the fish, while making the way its body is twisting around still clear. I'm not 100% sold about the face right now to be honest, but I'm not sure what to do to get it better. Pike faces are just kind of weird looking I think to begin with which doesn't help much haha. I wanted the helmet to come off kind of like the fish was jumping out of murky water, which then lets the fish sort of wrap around the top for a stripe-like effect while also being the side logo. I put the wordmark in the front to help fill in the negative space there.
  3. I made some more revisions to the Portland logo to try and simplify it a little bit. Next one up should come soon.
  4. Today we travel straight west, as we check out an update to the Portland.... Forest Dragons! The Forest Dragons was a fun challenge for me but I'm feeling pretty good with it right now. I like the creativity of the name, but nothing about the logo screamed FOREST dragon to me. I also wanted to simplify the color pallette. I took inspiration from a Forest Dragon D&D figure I have, while also incorporating some elements from the original logo, including two of the colors (the really dark aqua and yellow), the lower jaw, tail and general positioning of the dragon. I replaced the other colors with green and tan shades more fitting of a forest motif. I also tried to shape the spikes on the dragon to take a more branch-like appearance, as well as give it an appearance of vines growing off it. I tried to be careful to give it that viney look without getting too busy, and I think I did pretty ok there. The hand is shaped the same as the leaf in the center. PDX is the airport code for Portland, and something I have seen incorporated into other Portland logos recently (such as the AFL's Portland Thunder). I toyed with trying to have the branch antlers come off the front of the helmet but it just wasn't looking quite right to me, so I went with a straight-forward Dragon Head logo. Overall I feel like I was able to take this update in a new direction without totally throwing out the old, and I feel I highlighted the forest aspect which I felt was really lacking. I hope you all enjoy!
  5. Here is the full revised display of the logo and helmet for the Toronto Phantoms. I'll have the next team up tomorrow, and I'm thinking we'll be taking a trip to the West Coast for the next one.
  6. Good suggestion! I think this is the best yet. Unless I get feedback saying a major tweak is still needed I think I'll mock this up on the helmet and make the full display.
  7. Thanks for the ideas about the Phantoms logo. I took another shot at the white face and I think I got it to a good place. I'm not sure about making the logo more of a true shield like what suggested. I made versions with a uniform edge on the left to give it a more shield-like design and one that's unchanged to compare.
  8. Hey, thought I would share something I was working on as a bit of art for my man cave. This is the Iron Ghost! The idea is if Ghost Rider were to possess Iron Man. Aside from the obvious flaming head, I wanted to give it a look like the metal was heating up and in small amounts melting off. I based it off the Mk. XLI armor, which had the appropriate nickname of Bones from Iron Man 3. Hope you all enjoy it!
  9. Time for the 2nd entry on this list, an update of the Toronto Phantoms! This was one of my favorite logos when I was younger, so I hope I did it justice with the update. The biggest change was separating the text from the logo itself; having all that grey on top with all the blue on the bottom felt unbalanced for me and nowadays I feel the trend is to keep them more separate. I made the colors bolder shades that would stand out more, and I reduced the streaks in the phantom and also made what remains flow in the same direction. I considered doing the white skull face like the original, but I found I personally liked the look better this way with the facial features popping out from the blackness of the phantom. For the helmet, it felt like a natural fit to go with the oversized logo to let the scythe come up into the front of the helmet and then wrap around over the top.
  10. Appreciate the feedback, that was a good tip! I extended the pupils of the eyes down to get their gaze more centerted. How's this?
  11. Hey everyone, I decided to get going with another series and look at the defunct Arena Football League which, especially back in the 90s had some really fun team identities to play with. I actually intended to do this prior to my Milwaukee Expansions Teams series but saw Wideright do his own awesome version of this idea and wanted to give that some space before bringing mine up. Some logos I had already done before seeing his work, but decided to still show my takes. To help this one stand apart despite doing a similar concept of trying to modernize older Arena Football League logos and branding, I am focusing on teams not done there (aside from those already done). I don't have a particular number of teams in mind, this could be sometime I come back to while also working on another bigger project I have in mind. I have several in the can and ready to present, but here I will start off with my take on an update for the Chicago Bruisers. On the logo I focused on thickening the lines, adding a more aggressive edge, and simplifying the color pallette while also making it pop more. The lighter blue from the Chicago flag really stands out, and in general I have it down to 3 colors + white, rather than the 5 + white in the old one. For the helmet my big thing to help this one stand out was the diagonal stripe meant to emulate the dog collar going around the player's neck. I also put the trademark Chicago flag star in the center of the helmet to help fill the negative space there. I hope you all enjoy this take! Further posts have included (in order): Chicago Bruisers Revision Toronto Phantoms + revisions Portland Forest Dragons + revisions Minnesota Fighting Pike Grand Rapids Rampage
  12. Well I hope people have liked the past few logos I posted. Here it is, the last one in the series... the NHL's Milwaukee Hunters! Truthfully I might workshop this a bit more, but I'm hoping for some C&C to get some outside ideas. I don't think it's bad, but it doesn't feel quite like it's where I want it to be yet either. I wanted to use the orange from the Blaze along with the blue to give a color scheme that would stand out from the other franchises without seeming like an independent entity. The hunter's hat and rifle were replaced with a hockey stick and helmet, and the stick is resting in the antlers like a hunter might rest a rifle on a tree branch to keep it steady. The Buck antlers are meant to frame the whole thing in, and the inner antlers are wrapping around a puck with the M logo on it. My goal was to keep the Hunter in the logo in more traditional hunting colors while blue represents the hockey-specific aspects of the logo. Unless someone has a sport they would like to see aside from what I've already done this will wrap up the new logos, but if I get feedback to help I may keep workshopping some of them. While I'm very much liking some of he logos, I know things can always be improved. Otherwise I'll move on to the next planned logo series. Thanks and enjoy!
  13. I hope the last one was enjoyed, but I'll keep pushing forward. Here is my design for the Bucks organization's foray into Rugby, the Milwaukee White Harts! I went with White Harts rather than just Harts in part to emphasize a specific deer which holds a role in English mythology (rugby being popular in England), and also enables more variety in the logo design without straying so far to be unrecognizable as part of the brand. As you can see I inverted the green & white parts of the deer (except for the antlers, they just looked weird in all white), while beefing up the antlers in relation to the rest of the body which seemed more fitting for this type of deer based on photos I found. Again I altered the antlers to create a rugby ball shape inside of them to carry on that theme. I changed the part of the body that typically looks like an M to be a W for White Harts. Hope whoever looks at this likes it, but C & C is always appreciated! Next up is the NHL's Hunters.
  14. I hope people enjoyed the Staghorns logo, I'll still be happy to receive C&C on it or the touched up Does logo but I'm going to move forward. Today we have the Bucks' entry into the National Lacrosse League- the Milwaukee Blaze! I felt that the NLL deserved a less traditional team name which would fit with current teams like Rush, Rock, Swarm, etc. The inspiration for the name was the blaze orange clothing hunters in Wisconsin are required to wear during deer hunting. I enjoyed getting to modify the color pallette and move a bit out of the shadow of the main teams while still carrying over some common themes to fit the overall brand. The main thought driving this logo was "what if a deer became Ghost Rider?", which felt like it worked given that Milwaukee is also the home to Harley Davidson, which Ghost Rider is popularly known to ride motorcycles. The main Ghost Rider character was also known as Johnny Blaze which connects to my team name. While still being a deer head-based logo, we now see the skull rather than the face. To carry on the theme of integrating parts of the sport into the logo, I fashioned cracks in the front-center skull to form a shape reminiscent of a lacrosse stick. The workmark is the traditional Bucks font in bold-italics with a relatively thick outline. This was arguably my favorite so far to make, so I hope you all like it!