Syracuse Chiefs Behind the Scenes P6

Here’s the first set of sketches focusing on Tex Simone’s American Flyer model. Syracuse and the New York Central gave us a real streamline design vibe, so we tried to incorporate that shiny, smooth metallic look. It’s a little bit of 1930s and some 1950s.


A & C were based on the “Super Chief” – a Santa Fe Railroad route. Although considering the route nor the Santa Fe ran anywhere near Syracuse, those ideas were scrapped. The organization loved the idea of this mighty locomotive coming at you, so they asked to see more of that concept. The lettering was also a hit, but was shelved until we nailed the loco. Tomorrow we’ll show more of the “Big Engine that Could.”

Oh, and Dennis asked about mechanical pencils… We used to use normal pencils, but recently switched to mechanical pencils. Aside from sharpening, mechanical pencils allow you draw smaller while still maintaining detail. By covering less real estate, you’re more in control.

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8 thoughts on “Syracuse Chiefs Behind the Scenes P6

  1. Do you guys custom build your own fonts for all of the teams, or do you sometimes go with fonts that are already created and just tweak them a little?

  2. I really like the shape and feel of ‘B’ but i think it lacks instant recognition as a locomotive.

    I also think ‘E’ has a nice flow to it, but i dont think the typography fits.

    If it was up to me id go back to the S-shaped train from the last post. :)

  3. to me, A & B are symbolic, but D & E show power and class. if you’ve ever stood feet from a train track with an engine like that gliding by, then you know what i’m talking about! love ’em!

  4. C,D & E are great. Some tweaking could help all of them, but those jump out to me as great concepts.
    Also, I love the mechanical pencil respect. I am never without mine. I don’t have enough time to tell you why they are superior, everybody just needs to trust me.

  5. C, D & E are great. They all could be helped by a little tweaking, but those three stand out as the best of the bunch. D is underrated.
    Also, I love the mechanical pencil respect. I am never without mine. I can’t spend all day telling you why they are superior, everybody just needs to trust me.

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