Saturday, January 23, 2010

Logo Design

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This logo for Northridge Church is my latest design. The logo is designed around a compass theme, both because of the name Northridge and because of the structural organization of this church's programs. The compass points due north (or up toward the heavens). The color blue keeps with the nautical theme of the compass (the church also does baptisms in Lake Ontario) and also suggests the color of the sky and a heavenly focus.

Here are some of my other logo designs:

Not all designs get chosen. This logo design for one of the Democrat and Chronicle's internet sites was not selected as the final design, but I still like it.

Legends is a trading card company based in Rochester. I designed this logo for them back around 1995. They are still using it today. In the world of logo design, that's very good.

No, this Marty is not me. This Marty sells hunting supplies. He also wanted his dog in the logo! So, not only did I stylize this typeface, I also did what I consider to be a rather nice illustration of his dog.

The Black Pearl and Antonetta's are restaurants.

I designed this logo to have a stamped-on look. I don't think this company is still in business. Obviously, having a good logo alone doesn't ensure success. But it's better than having a bad logo.

I hope to discuss the development of my own logo in a future entry.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Triumphal Entry

The Triumphal Entry
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I experimented a little with technique on this piece. I mixed egg yolk in with my watercolors and painted on a surface of gessoed Crescent cold pressed illustration board. This was a fun technique that had some interesting effects. It reminds me a little of acrylic glaze painting however and for control I think I prefer acrylics. If I try this technique again I would like to use true gesso (not the acrylic polymer that usually passes for gesso these days) or I may try just working right on the surface of the illustration board.

If anyone out there has any suggestions on this technique let me know via the comments link at the end of this entry.

I have always felt a little uncomfortable with illustrations of Christ that portray him with a specific likeness. By covering his face with the Hebrew prayer shawl (or tallit) I am attempting to avoid doing so myself.

You may notice that the colt looks more like a horse than a colt. That was intentional on my part. I am attempting to suggest that there was more going on in this scene than meets the eye. I am trying to cast a forward glance toward Revelation 19 where Christ is seen returning on a white horse.