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Late night surfing gold–Springfield Punx


Image4In the latest of my late night, insomnia educed web surfing, I have come across a site of gold that has been under my nose until now, and I had to share and bring attention to it!!

Springfield Punx is described as the following by the author and artist “Dean”

Springfield Punx is a little pet project of mine. The idea of doing fan art parodying some of my favorite characters and stars in such a fun and simple style got me hooked immediately.

Sounds pretty sweet, right?  Well let me tell you friends, it is!  In just some quick surfing, I found some of my favorite, that have been highlighted here on this site before.

We have, The Doctor, Craig Ferguson, and Spider-man!  Its like the Simpsonification of Geekasms.com itself!

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So, if you like the Simpsons, or just wish to see some of your favorite characters drawn up by a talented individual, do yourself a favor and head over to Springfield Punx, no way will you be disappointed.

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What makes a hero?


Okay, up front I’ll say this isn’t a serious, in depth post about the the type of people we consider to be heroes or what we should strive for as individuals or anything like that.  Yes, that could be a discussion that could go forever, including the resent happenings with Lebron James, because in some circles people see him as a “hero.”  No this is entirely on what the imagery of a superhero and what people perceive and recognize as a hero, from a graphic design point of view.

The background is this: I was commissioned to design a superhero wildcat for Bath County Middle School, using my previous wildcat design I created for their yearbook as the template, to be used as a promotional piece for the coming year’s theme, of being a hero.  So, after working and tweaking the look, the pose and everything, I went with the design shown.  Trying to keep the feel of a teenage, I kept the “attitude” look I had used previously, went for what I would consider a teenagers superhero pose,blogcat one that communicates more attitude, with arms across the chest, rather then the fists on the hips ala Superman.  I took the idea of the current Superboy, Kon-El of wearing just jeans and a t-shirt; which was what I already had the wildcat in, as his “superhero costume” with the goal still wanting to be translated as this character is a teenager.  Finally I added a cape, something that I would consider a universal icon if you’re wanting to project a character as a superhero.  You can basically take anyone, anything, slap a cape on it, and it becomes a superhero, right?  RIGHT?!

Well apparently I’m dead wrong!  One of the people involved with making the final decisions decided that the cape was a terrible idea, and went with the imagery of a shield instead, not even giving me the opportunity to redesign the wildcat again, but this time holding a shield.  Apparently my concept of wearing a cape insulted this woman to such an extent she decided she wasn’t going to use anything I was going to do, and came up with her own design, just using a bland shield.

Now, I realize, everyone should follow the moniker “the customer is always right” but come on!  Someone thinking a shield communicates a superhero more then a cape?!  Really?!  Who else besides Captain America is a mainstream superhero that carries around a shield?  Why, when you have Superman, Batman, Thor, etc that wear capes, that are well known superhero icons, would you consider a shield a better communicator of a superhero over that of a cape?  A shield doesn’t say “progress” to me, which is what the whole HERO theme is to be a symbol of, but rather says protect, or shielded off.  I personally don’t see it communicating what the school is wanting.

Regardless, the decision is anyone’s but mine, and I realize I’ve used this space online as a soapbox to voice my frustration, but considering it’s the week of the San Diego Comic Con (which I WILL attend one of these days!) and I’ve used this space to show designs before, I felt it was reasonable to post about this as well. 

And as a bonus, what was to be my first submission for the full design is below.

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Back to designing (somewhat)


After taking a break from designing anything really for a month or so, I’ve knocked out two in the past few days.  One is off a whim and is a new avatar for myself, which is also being used above in the the header for this blog.  Feel free to give me input.  Once the final approval from Bath Co for their requested “Superhero” Wildcat, I’ll be posting the final.  Feel free to check out my PCS website for more updates.

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Store on Zazzle


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After some people have shown interest in a few of my designs, and if/where they could get them on a shirt, hat, etc I’ve decided to setup a little “shop” on Zazzle.com.  So here is my one shameful plug for my slowly developing page with the banner that you can click below.  I’m slowing gong to start filling it with items, along with random shirt designs that pop into my head, including the wildcat design I did for BCMS last year.  I have never really done anything like this, so am unsure of the success I could possibly find on Zazzle.com or where their royalty percentages rank compared to other sites.  I will possible blog about the ups and downs I face while setting up shop on Zazzle.  If anyone has had any experience using Zazzle, or know of a better site to use or have anything other suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email or comment below.

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A refresh and a refocus…


Well, as is proof from that lack of updates and posts recently, I’ve been a busy guy, balancing time with work, starting to put plans together for Abby’s 1st birthday (next week) and trying to grab a hold of as much freelance graphic work as I can, local or not.  Fortunately for me, I have managed to pull in a couple of jobs here and there, which will hopefully build my portfolio and lead to bigger and better jobs.  (fingers crossed)  So with my 10 minutes of success, came about a fan’s page on facebook to compliment this blog and to help display logos and graphics, both used and unused, along with some that are still works in progress.  Along with the fan page came work on a business card design (still in progress) and a completely reworked logo.  Where originally I was going to use PCS as “Parsons Computer Services” where I would be concentrating on computer support and services, I’ve shifted the concentration to the graphic design/corporate identity  side of things, which came about a slightly different branding of “Parsons Creative Solutions” and a new logo.

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BCMS Wildcats


bcmsUpdates are finally coming, and the first is the update and final design for the Bath County Middle School  mascot that was used for the 2010 Yearbook cover.  I of course am not satisfied with it, but the people at the school love it, and well, the customer is always right!

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Little Design work


Been playing around with a little design work and thought I’d share to give myself an excuse to post tonight.  (multiple posts coming up this week).  Below is what I’ll refer to as the preliminary design for a “teenage” wildcat to be used with a middle school yearbook.

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