Jordan! Newbie with two to show. Great to have you. Great team name and theme! Love that part of New England culture. My wife is from Connecticut and on her family’s property they have some maple syrup trees that are harvested each year. So cool. Full baseball player is unnecessary to me, especially when you have all these great images to draw from. Like a bat giving maple syrup! Amazing. I’d make that the center of focus. The syrup needs to be goopy, it could be wine now. The pancake is a cool icon but a tough read unless they’re is a stack. Maybe crossed bats, oozing syrup on a stake of pancakes in the middle, you know, getting the treatment. I like the old-timey thing. That’s a good element to keep. Not sure how. Great start!
And Toxicity! Another killer story. First off, the character is great, no need to complicate it with the whole pond. A few bubbles and you’re good. Also the hands are on the right track but right now it’s like they’re going in for a hug. Them pointing inwards is what’s causing that. Turn them pointing out and that should solve it. Also, the mouth needs to be grosser. A big growling mouth with ooze gooping out! Another great start!
Jake! Another newbie, welcome! Funny idea, a mascot for an art school. My school, Pratt was called the Cannoneers. I didn’t find that out till my junior year when a friend dragged me to a basketball game. Weird for an art school to have a nickname that’s so serious. They would play small Catholic Colleges, you could tell that the kids took it really seriously. But Pratt’s players all had knee high sock, Chuck Taylors, tattoos and mismatched unis. It was awesome! I heard that the whole team fouled out once, they had to forfeit! Yes, art school! I guess that brings me to my point about this design. Art school and college sports are strange bedfellows and that’s what I want from this design. Pissed off, smoking, psychedelic cloud, with paintbrushes and pencils caught up in the cloud. It’s a great problem to give yourself! Great kick-off!
Tom! This has such a nice energy around it. Wholesome and clean, like a dairy should be. This could be from the Netherlands, I love that. Everything is impeccably rendered, as always. But I think the jug needs a face. I’m thinking wholesome, Maxfield Parish’s King Cole but not that face. Maybe Virgil’s Root Beer? Not that either, but both of those references have the right aura around them. Maybe the Coca-Cola Santa! Closer. Use the floating crown, and the bats, a big toothy smile, maybe illusions to a beard/mustache, smiling eyes, bushy eyebrows, twinkling eyes, done all in white, like it’s carved out of the jug. Get my drift? Maybe look at old dairy/cheese logos from the French art deco period. I want this thing to be sooooo wholesome.