chickenfish13

Yellow Jacket Logo

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Hey guys. I'm waiting for c and c in my CHL redesign, but I have been working on this for a couple weeks now, and wanted some feedback. It is for a yellow jacket, and a baseball team, but it has no name right now. It's an update to a logo I did a looooong time ago, and I'd like to know what I can do to make it better. Thanks for the help, and c and c as always.

I feel the shadowing and highlights is definitely off, so that would be a focus point. Thanks.

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I would move the highlights to the face, so the body has a color progression/rendering is more consistent with the wings. I like the hexagon, but the angle of the bee is causing an optical illusion where it looks tilted. I don't necessarily care for the swoosh of the ball. You could try putting seems on the hexagon. Also, the antennas, legs and eyes could be rendered better. I like the idea, it just needs some tweaking.

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No it doesn't. The white is on the back of the head, while the face is yellow with a black eye.

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OK, here's an update. I had trouble changing up the highlights, so I did something completely different. I'm really not sure if it's better or worse, but I guess I'll find out. C and C please.

yellowjackets2.png

And, it's changed into a hockey logo, so no more stitching.

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It still has the same issue as before: inconsistent shading. The left side of the thorax has a white highlight while the yellow shadow of the wings is also on the left side. The thick black areas on the body read as shadows, and they should be on the left, like the yellow on the wings. It's not going to look much better without fixing this issue.

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It still has the same issue as before: inconsistent shading. The left side of the thorax has a white highlight while the yellow shadow of the wings is also on the left side. The thick black areas on the body read as shadows, and they should be on the left, like the yellow on the wings. It's not going to look much better without fixing this issue.

See above.

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Oh, wow, don't know how I missed that. Thanks for giving me constructive criticism as well, as your the only one who has, and your sticking to it. Updates up later.

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The problem with this is that it looks like you are rendering what you think a yellow jacket should look like, and not what they actually look like. Strong logos combine a little bit of the abstract and simplification with correct proportions and dimensions. Look.

yellow_jacket.jpg

For yours,

-wings look completely wrong

-middle section looks too bulbous

-head and antennae are off

-your legs are really weak

Now, I appreciate creative liberties and some abstract work, but this looks like something drawn by an elementary schooler and it just needs to refined a great deal. It's too static and childish looking, for lack of a better word.

I agree with bohob that the shadows hold this back as well. But I think that brings up a good point, most of your concepts have some type of bevel or shadow, and you don't need it half the time. Sometimes shadows and highlights look good when you go back and add them, but for your concepts, it's like you come up with a logo base, don't really refine it, and then just add highlights for good measure, to possibly make it look better. What you need to do is work on getting the shape and dimensions down first, get the basic drafts done, then go back and add detail, if necessary.

One thing I like about this concept is the attempt at a honeycomb motif in the background, I think if you straightened it out, deleted the (very crooked) highlight, and made it smaller it would be a much better backdrop. But you could definitely use a honeycomb in secondary logos.

If I know you, you will put the comments to good use, keep working at it.

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OK, so here's an update. To me, it looks way better, but I'll let you guys be the judge of that. I left out any shadowing for now, until I get a better idea of what to do. I pretty much started from scratch, all I kept was the bottom of his body. C and C please.

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You took off all the shadows and highlights now, do what bohob said. This one is too plain.

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whaty is that shape in the background. i dont think it works here. it looks very off. the yellow jacket also looks like he is scared and vulnerable. why is he looking over his shoulder? it looks very 'clipart'like right now to me.

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The shape is a honeycomb, wasn't sure about it, but wanted to try it. And he's not looking over his shoulder, he's looking straight. If you see something else, could you maybe explain how, so I can try and fix it?

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The shape is a honeycomb, wasn't sure about it, but wanted to try it. And he's not looking over his shoulder, he's looking straight. If you see something else, could you maybe explain how, so I can try and fix it?

i was looking at one of your older versioms when i mentioned the looking over the shoulder thing. the black part of the eye looked like the pupil looking down and backwards but maybe the yellow part whas a highlight and not the 'white' part of the eye if that makes any sense. now i get the honey comb shape in the back. i never realized in the NO Hornets H logo that it was the honey comb shape either. i guess i dont know where you can go from here without making huge changes and i know that is really vague feedback

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No problem on the eye thing, I guess it's just how you saw it. And yeah, I actually got the honeycomb idea from other logos, and wanted to see if it would work.

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