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01-03-2010, 07:20 PM
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Olympic avatars -- the design/ideas thread

I'm working on some stuff right now, but I want to be able to roll out at least a few different designs before I start showing them. In the mean time, it might be good to pick the brains of this board's assorted photoshop artists and see if we can't get a few different designs or concepts.

So if you have an idea, post it here. If you come up with a prototype, show it off. Once we've collected a decent # of potential designs or exhausted our creativity, I'll make a poll thread where we can vote on a design or a couple of designs to use going forward in order to both make it easier on the artists fleshing out the sets and to present a unified front for the Sharks.

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You should make one unified avatar with Sharks players faces in the Olympic rings.
Germany, Russia, Canada, USA, Sweden - each representative of his country in the circle.

But that doesn't really help because it's only one avatar.

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you could do one just for the guys playing for canada...with a face in each circle and a sharks logo on the extra one (5 circles right?)

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Idea: very similar to the Sharks 2010 Revenge Avatars

Design:
First Frame: Hockey Canada Background with the Sharks Logo (same as the one crashing out of water, but instead of water...maybe have the Sharks Logo come out of the red symbolizing blood) saying "2010 Olympic Redemption"
2nd Frame: Sharks Players with their Canadian Jersey
ex. Marleau: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/...a61ffe2e_o.jpg
Thornton: http://media.canada.com/fae0b6fd-d28...n_joe19cdn.jpg
Boyle: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_w8a6bIv6CM...ation+camp.jpg
Heatley: http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/1...n?size=404x272

If you're doing US = USA Background = blue symbolizes water = "2010 Underdogs: Impossible is nothing"

or Slogan: "2010 Underdogs: Never say Never"

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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:



My other finished idea is abandoned because it sucked.

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you could do one just for the guys playing for canada...with a face in each circle and a sharks logo on the extra one (5 circles right?)
or maybe that would be best as some sort of signature

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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:



My other finished idea is abandoned because it sucked.
Me likey. Patriotic looking. Although hard to see the text in Murray's case.

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I like this idea: simple, but artistic looking.

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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:
I like these a lot. VERY well done.

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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:
Wow...looks awesome and patriotic, nice idea Nemesis

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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:



My other finished idea is abandoned because it sucked.
That's real solid. I like.

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BTW, just for fun, I turned my avatar idea into a banner:


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Ok, this is my first idea. It started as old Soviet propaganda posters, and mutated to the point where that inspiration isn't really evident anymore. But we end up with these:



My other finished idea is abandoned because it sucked.
Awesome looking.

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Davidhye kind of stole my idea. I want royalties

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Davidhye kind of stole my idea. I want royalties
I posted the idea first.

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Me likey. Patriotic looking. Although hard to see the text in Murray's case.
Yeah, I haven't finished playing with the text yet. Originally it was teal, but that was hard to see against jerseys and darker portions of flags. I will continue to tinker with that to see if I can make it more dramatic. I might swap the shadow effect on the letters for a black stroke instead.

I also need to decide if we use this whether to have a static set of mottos (the "support __________" part) or to do multiples for each player. I also need to finalize at least one for each player. Right now I am as far as

Ones I like
Potential (Greiss)
Clutch (Pavelski)
Destruction (Murray)
Vision (Thornton)

Ones I'm not sure about
Drive (Marleau)

Ones I have nothing definite for yet
Nabokov (I'm thinking something about being unbeatable, but short enough to fit on the avatar)
Boyle (Dunno what to do here. If he was a defensive d I might go with something like "Stability", but I don't know what to do for someone with more offence. My second thought was "Flare", but I'm not sold on that.)
Heatley (No idea where to start with this one)

Also, this is kind of why I was hesitant to put anything up yet. Because if everyone liked a design, it might kill the momentum to come up with different ideas. I want to get a lot of stuff out there in case someone's sitting on a great idea and just doesn't know it yet. We can always refine designs, it's just important to find the best ideas.


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and once again, Nem sells us all on his first prototype

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and once again, Nem sells us all on his first prototype
lol, that wasn't the first prototype. That particular design is about the third crack at something in that vein. Plus there was another radically different design that I finished beforehand, but decided never to show. It was a take on an old prototype for last year's avatars that used the shield alternate logo shape to "stack" elements. Turns out it sucks just as much now as it did then.

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Ones I'm not sure about
Drive (Marleau)

Ones I have nothing definite for yet
Nabokov (I'm thinking something about being unbeatable, but short enough to fit on the avatar)
Boyle (Dunno what to do here. If he was a defensive d I might go with something like "Stability", but I don't know what to do for someone with more offence. My second thought was "Flare", but I'm not sold on that.)
One I like:
Boyle: Support Easton

Ones I'm not sure about:
Marleau: Support Leadership
Nabokov: Support Backup ( )

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Ones I have nothing definite for yet
Nabokov (I'm thinking something about being unbeatable, but short enough to fit on the avatar)
Oh come on, how could you not settle on "Support Larceny."

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Oh come on, how could you not settle on "Support Larceny."
I thought it seemed too obvious, and that I had to get away from my fixation on the word "larceny"

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Boyle: "Passion" (this has to do with the Anaheim-Sharks series...where he was mad)
Marleau: "Persistence/Perserverance/Determination" (Captaincy loss = rebirth)
Thornton: "Prowess" (Skill)
Nabokov: "Pilferage/Pilfers" (Richards Save)
Heatley: "Ambition" (Start with Goals and see where you'd go...Ambition = Rocket Richard Trophy+Stanley Cup)

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Easton, guys... Easton.

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Easton, guys... Easton.
Eastin!

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I played with the shadow effect on the text a bit to make a better barrier between it and the background in order to avoid problems with white-on-white. Here's a Thornton one that demonstrates the new text. also since it's a stand-alone, I've watermarked it as a sample



EDIT: while, yes, the Murray one with "Destruction" meant to be joke-like, I wanted to go with things that felt at home on political posters. Words like "vision" and "potential" and "drive" are short and to the point and they convey a very distinct image. While I'm not averse to some touches of humor, I don't want them to be entirely parody.

thought for Heatley: Redemption? Considering where he's gone from the end of the Ottawa days to now, you could say this all represents his chance to repair his credibility and elite stature.

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