For one of my digital media classes I had to recreate a sports logo. I chose the Seattle sea hawks alternate logo because I wanted to give myself a little challenge and I thought it looked really cool.
To start off I divided the hawk into sections (outline, left wing, right wing, e.t.c.) and started outlining with the pen tool.
It took me a while but I finally finished my outlines. I had some issues but we’ll get into that in a second.
One of the issues I had with this project is that my original file was so pixilated. The one I was tracing from anyways. To finish the outline I sometimes had to make my own judgements because I couldn’t tell what was what when I was really zoomed in.
Sometimes my judgements weren’t good enough. This caused me to have to zoom back out and see what I did wrong. Then I zoomed back in and re made some of my paths.
Even though I had some trouble with the curves I got a little break later on. Straight lines are your best friend in illustrator, even if you’re off by a little bit it isn’t that hard to reposition your anchor in order to fix your mistakes. There were not a lot of straight lines in this logo by it was nice to have a little break from all of the curves.
I don’t have a screen shot for it but I have to strongly say to ALWAYS SAVE YOUR WORK REGULARLY. While working on my file I saved maybe once or twice per hour. Right before I finished my outlines my illustrator file closed unexpectedly. I was very, very angry about this. Especially since it sent me back in my work by about an hour. If I had to think of a plus side for this (losing your work is never a good thing, but it doesn’t hurt to look at the positives), it would have to be that because I lost something that I had just finished working on I re did it a lot faster than I originally had in the first place. Moral of the story, SAVE YOUR WORK.
When I was finished with all of the outlines I began adding colour. This is where I made a really dumb mistake. I spent a lot of time zoomed in during this project, what I forgot to acknowledge is that when an image is dimmed and zoomed in it looks different than what it originally was. When I started adding the colours I used the colour dropped tool to perfectly match the colour of the original image. At first I thought it didn’t look right, so I played with each of the CYMK colours in order to match the colours. When I was finished I thought it looked pretty good.