This was a short project that took about four hours to complete. I first created guides to centre the image between one-inch margins and then dimmed the image so I could easily see the lines I was going to trace out with the pen tool.
Next I traced the outline of each shape. I created a hierarchy of layers so that when I filled in each shape with colour, the smaller shapes in the foreground would show up overtop of the background shapes. Layering the shapes like this means that I can create lines through the differences in colour – so the red hair, hat, and outline are one shape, over which I layered the face, earring, knife, and highlights. The details on the face are layered over the background face shape. This means I don’t have to try and perfectly match diving lines (for example, a line diving the hair from the face – instead of having to draw a boundary line on the hair layer, I just need the line defining the outside of the face layer), so it saves a lot of time and results in a more polished look.
To finish the design, I used the eyedropper tool to select the team’s colours from the source image and applied them as fills to the shapes I had created with the pen tool.
A useful tip I learned in class is to create the dark outline common on sports logos using a stroke on an object. Because this effect only occurs around the neck, ear, and earring on this logo, I didn’t use a stroke around the entire image – it was easier to simply trace the shapes for the neck and ear. However, I did use a stroke to create the object/outline effect for the earring (a red 3 pt stroke outside the yellow object). The earring is also a good example of another tip given in class: drawing through objects. This helps with continuity of lines. I drew the curves of the earring as single lines and placed the outline of the knife on a layer above the earring layer so the shape of the knife would cover up the appropriate section of the earring. (Right-click on the image to open it in a new tab, and zoom in to see the outlines of the shape.)