Tools: Just a quick sketch using a mechanical pencil.
Tools: Just a quick sketch using a mechanical pencil.
Tools Used: Mechanical pencil, the back of a shopping list.
9yearplan asked for a drawing of his black and white pup called ‘Charles’.
Help me out! I’m looking for an awesome, simple, even a little cartoony rendition of my border collie Charles. Don’t worry about any sort of background 🙂 I feel like he has gorgeous lines and I just can’t seem to get proportions(or anything) right! I am so thankful in advance for any and all efforts! Y’all have quite a bit of skill.
Tools used: Sharpie, extra fine fineliner
CatsWithDowns asked for a picture of a ‘Mermicorn’ (mermaid unicorn) as a Valentine’s Day present for his girlfriend.
Tools used: Adobe Illustrator CS5, Photoshop CS5 & Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet.
xSentaru asked for a badass owl with swords on its back.
WHAT THEY ASKED FOR:
HI, I love the designs you’ve done and wanted to take the risk. Me and a friend have started a media business called Peridian Media and since were students we don’t have the money to pay for a super expensive logo. We plan on making commercials for businesses, but we also want to make fun youtube videos. Our videos will be different than your average low budget commercial with more passion in every video. Thank you, Dan.
WHAT THEY GOT: The name Peridian Media didn’t spark any ideas for me but there was something in Dan’s request that jumped out – they wanted to have ‘more passion in every video’.
A quick brainstorm later and I came up with the idea of showing a heart-shaped play button to capture this slogan. The first rendition can be seen below.
I still kind of like this idea and think I may even prefer it for it’s simplicity.
However I went ahead and chased an idea I had to illustrate the notion of more passion in every video by using concentric hearts.
LIKE IT OR NOT: Let me know in the comments 🙂
WHAT THEY ASKED FOR: Anthony entered the lucky dip with this request:
I saw some of the stuff you do on Reddit and thought I should look at your work. A lot of it is really creative and beautiful so I thought I’d give it a shot. A few friends of mine and I are opening a small nightclub in a Japanese city where there are few places to go. I had been following your posts on Reddit for a while and thought I should definitely send you a message when it came to the logo design.
I’m really interested in seeing how you would interpret “Echo”. The bar is pretty sleek, modern type of place. Not super sophisticated, just fun, Please let me know if you decide to do it. Thanks!
WHAT THEY GOT: How do I design a logo for a sound of a sound? How do I create something visual out of something aural?
To get started I listed a few of the things that first popped into my mind when thinking about the word ‘echo’.
I couldn’t do much with the first option. It turns out I couldn’t do much with the second or third options either – I tried turning the ‘H’ from ‘ECHO’ into sound waves but it ended up looking like a sideways stickman when I added the ‘O’ at the end; and the speech bubble option just didn’t suit the brief (for the record I had ‘EC’ in one speech bubble and ‘HO’ in the other talking back to the ‘EC’).
The fourth option got me thinking about a ball bouncing around. I liked this idea, although it wasn’t very visually exciting to just draw a circle.
The fifth option got me thinking about bats and dolphins. I ruled out dolphins but liked the idea of using a bat for a nightclub because they are nocturnal. Now if only I could draw a logo of a bat without making it look like Batman!
Back to the idea of the ball. I really felt like there was something in this idea and then it hit me – why not use an ambigram to symbolise the concept of sound bouncing back as the same sound.
Easier said than done (ever tried to draw an ambigram before?).
The rest of the brief was met pretty easily by making the colour of the ball red to reflect the Japanese flag.
I couldn’t help creating a variant of the logo using the bat idea because I liked the way the bat hanging upside down and right way up emphasised the ambigram. I added the word ‘nightclub’ for the same reason.
I hope you like it Anthony!
LIKE IT OR NOT: You better, it took me a while 🙂
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WHAT THEY ASKED FOR: Jess wanted something special for her boyfriend’s birthday and thought a caricature of him would make a great addition to his new trophy room. Jess may or may not have asked me to give James big muscles and a six pack.
WHAT THEY GOT: James almost got a mermaid’s tail – his picture was cut off at the waist and I drew a mermaid tail in the original sketch but removed it from the finished piece. I also toyed with the idea of adding a terminator type effect to his sunglasses for a bit of fun. In the end, James gets to show off his tan lines and the two fish he
caught bought from the seafood shop.
LIKE IT OR NOT: Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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WHAT THEY ASKED FOR: I saw your post on Reddit and wanted to reach out because your designs are awesome. My wife and I have started a new project-it is a total hobby with little hope of making back what we are spending on it. However, we are having a lot of fun.
The project is a blog that reviews restaurants from a vegetarian perspective. It has a quirky name, veggingoutdc.com but we need a cool logo. Can you help?
WHAT THEY GOT: OK, before I start – I know what you’re thinking… ‘flattery will get you everywhere’. And you’d be half right – it does feel pretty good to hear someone say my ‘designs are awesome’ but let’s wait to see if Jonathan still sends me the ‘one million dollars‘ he also promised (after seeing his new logo).
Annnd that’s my best attempt at humour for now (I was going to say last, but it’s still early on)…
So where do I start with a logo for ‘Vegging Out DC’?
My first train of thought went something like this (these are actual notes that I wrote down):
And then the ‘Ah-ha!’ moment…
(Quickly followed by a bit of self-doubt and rationalisation)
I spent a bit of time stuck on this idea until I realised it’s difficult to draw a potato wearing a jacket without it looking like Mr Potato Head.
So then I tried to force a couple of other ideas…
After a bunch of sketches and a chat with my wife I realised that garden forks also exist. And that was pretty much the last piece of the puzzle.
All that was left to do was to draw the hand trowel and garden fork to look like some cutlery… and tweak the idea for an hour or two. Long story short, I hope you like your new logo Jonathan 🙂
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