Thursday, January 26, 2006

Rough Logo



There were 2 reasons I did this. One, I wanted to learn how to warp text in Photoshop, and 2, I'm trying to design a t-shirt for my brother (Hey JIm!) and a few friends. The first thing I realized is that I have no idea how to draw these characters "for real". When you draw them on a little 2'X8" strip of paper, a lot can be forgiven, but when you want to do a nice drawing that represents them and their personalities, well thaht is a different story. Here is my first attempt. Please, tell me what you think!

17 comments:

Paul said...

I dig it, man, but make Chippy and Loopus bigger in relation to the logo!

Love the strip. I appriciate the crassness. As John K. always said "It's cartoons for men!!!!!"

Anyways, keep up the good work.

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Good note, Paul! Thanks!
I learned a lot just putting it up on the site.
Any other thoughts?
Come on folks, lay it on me!

Anonymous said...

Hey Dude !
I think a great deal of the two characters' charisma comes from the roughness of the line. To clean them up for a t-shirt kind of takes a lot of the charm away. How about trying to blow up a drawing and photoshop that under the logo ? It's worth a try, no ?
ciao
Matteo

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Ahhh! I hadn't thought of that!!! Great idea!!!
Thank you!
It is readily apparent that I am struggling wtih these drawings. Blowing up a tiny drawing from one of th comics is probably the solution.

Paul said...

Hey, sorry to hog the comments section but it occurs to me if you're going to go to the trouble to design a t-shirt anyway you might as well offer 'em up on the site via cafepress.com (or some similar service).

Anyways, just my two cents.

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Hey, hog away, man! People are really quiet today for some reason. Cafe press, huh? I considered that, I just wasn't sure they would sell. But I'll reconsider.

rickart said...

Just by coincidence I was planning on posting a clean drawing of my 2x8 character tonight! Great minds think alike!

I like the drawing... my only input is from a design standpoint... I generally like to get my images together a little more tightly... a more dense image, but that's totally a personal taste kind of comment. Otherwise, it looks grand to me!

Paul said...

"Hey, hog away, man! People are really quiet today for some reason. Cafe press, huh? I considered that, I just wasn't sure they would sell. But I'll reconsider."

I was asking somewhat selfishly in that I might want one myself. --Plus it doesn't really cost you anything and Cafepress handles the shipping and all that crap.

Food for thought.

countfunkula1 said...

I want a Chippy and Loopus shirt!!!

the doodlers said...

Wouldn't change a thing but making the heads a bit bigger. They are just fine and dandy in this rough form.

pbcbstudios said...

longer ears on chippy!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Count-you are one of the FRIENDS, silly!
Dooldlers-Thanks! I think I'll go even rougher as per Matteo's suggestion.
Paul Briggs-Will do, sir! And congratulations on your liberation from tyranny! I want to read a full report on your blog on who got canned in the executive branch!
Peace out!

Skribbl said...

Yeah what everyone else said! Just do a tiny skribbly drawing and blow it up! The rough goodness of the enlarged line echos the roughness and saltiness of the strip. Rough! Rough! Rough! Maybe even the title too!

Aurelie said...

Hi... what I like in the strip is the discrepancy between the "cuteness" of the character and their weird,rude and surreal behaviour... so I think for the logo you should give them a nice and friendly expression: get rid of the frown on Chippy. he looks too straightforwardly mean to me...
or, different option, you could maybe make him more subtly cheeky...
wathever... nice idea to make a logo!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Skribbl!! Thanks man! I'll hand letter the thing!
Aurelie! Thank you for the extremely helpful and bluntly honest notes! It is exactly what I wanted to hear! I will go for subtly cheeky!

countfunkula1 said...

I complain and have no useful suggestions! Ha ha! I will throw in with those who like the roughness of the drawings. As you can see byt what I'm doing, I love sketchiness. I think it's a reaction to the now standard straight edged look in so much animation nowadays. It's a fine look, but so overdone now. To see this looseness and freshness is such a relief. It looks you didn't overthink and restrain yourself. I mean that in a good way. That you had an idea and didn't compromise it. You went right at it and committed. and we benefit from the integrity. Kickass stuff. The rough look of these guys on a shirt, will be one I wear proudly!

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Count!! Thanks so much for your continual encouragtement and advice!!! You will have a shirt, sir!!!