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Alabama Big Al Neo-Vintage Logo

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Now I know that Alabama had some vintage versions of Big Al, but I wanted to create one anyway. Just the sketch first and I have a question; Hat or no hat? Plus any other C&C appreciated.

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I prefer the hat, but I don't think that's the issue at hand here (if you'll pardon a bad pun). The real issue, for me at least, is that Big Al has elephant feet and people hands, making him look like something from the Island of Dr. Moreau. That, coupled with the slightly awkward body positioning, make for a logo that falls short of its full potential. There's a lot going on near the head and chest, and then mostly empty space behind that.

So a few suggestions: you could solve the man-hands, elephant feet problem by giving Al shoes - that way we wouldn't see his feet. You could also alter the logo so it's his trunk, not his "hands" rolling up his sleeves, and then give him regular elephant hands (if that even makes sense). You could also ditch the rolling up of the sleeves altogether and come up with some better pose to indicate "we's gonna get in a brawl."

Hope that makes sense. And for all the criticism, I must say, even as a card-carrying Buckeye, I think this is fantastic. Keep the good stuff coming.

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Well I'm styling it after other vintage logos like the ones below; It seems like an accepted form.

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Although this one goes half way;

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I'll see what I can do. Thanks for the comments.

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I like it. Nice logo.

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Love it! The hands look just fine and you really brought that sketch to life.

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Wow, Hettinger, I love that. You have a great feel for the traditional style.

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That looks amazing, to say the very least. I like the inspiration from the logos you provided, but I loved how you set it apart from the usual marching, sweatered mascots. Great, great work!

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Great work there hettinger! You really know how to capture that vintage feel with these designs of yours, keep it up!

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Thanks for all the comments. I wasn't completely satisfied with the pose, so let me know if this is better or worse? Just more upright.

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I like the second one better. The first one almost looks like he'd fall over from leaning too far forward. This one leans forward plenty, but not too much so.

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I think he should still stand a little more upright. I also like the fatter feet on the 1st logo as they look more elephant-like.

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