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    IOW Badge Suggestion Thread

    UPDATE: Within the next week we should have the powers to give out stars, so we are now giving one more week to enter any badges you guys make, and then there will be a vote on which one to use.


    Every competition here is fought for one reason only...the most important reason of all. A handful of pixels next your name.

    That's right, every weekly competition here has a badge of some sorts, with stars for the number of times you won. With the start of Illustration of the Week there will need to be a new badge for the winners to proudly display.

    But illustration is a very broad topic. What would best represent it in a tiny badge only a few pixels wide? That's where you come in. Leave any and all suggestions here, then the most popular one will be chosen (if several are popular there may be a poll to decide).

    Nyctalgia (who made the badges for the Teen Challenge) has offered to make the badge, however if anyone out there has some experience in pixel art and some free time, feel free to mock up some suggestions and post them here.

    Let's get this rolling guys and gals!
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    how about:

    open book
    book cover
    palette and brush
    pen, protractor on paper
    pencil and pen (crossed) over a palette, like an old school heraldry shield

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    I like all of Pat's ideas here. I know not very helpful of me but there u have it!

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    The teen challenge badge is a wooden sword crossing a pencil (see ^) so perhaps a pencil/pen/brush crossing might be a bit too similar.

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    I think that making some kind of a book cover with pencil and a brush crossing underneath it would look cool....it's kinda some of Pat's ideas combined.


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    I like the idea of a book, maybe with little glowing faeries hanging out by the spine.

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    @Vulgar: Pagemaster! God I remember that movie, def takes me back, loved the dragon!

    it seems to be a relevant idea of a book cover. Perhaps coming up with a design on the cover such as..

    -a dragon (yes I'm obsessed, born in 1988, year of the dragon, I'm allowed!!!)
    -tree
    -the letter I or IOW, stylised a certain way
    -mountain landscape
    -some dude's head or a smiley face
    -a weapon of sorts (gun, sword, etc)
    -an alien head
    -pencil/pen/paintbrush/stylus or all of the above
    -a star

    I'm giving some ideas that probably wouldn't work for a tiny pixel symbol but just getting some ideas out there...
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    Why not do what the other boards do for a mascot, have a challenge thread for the small pixel badge?,

    Otherwise i would suggest a small paint brush with some paint on it.
    a book ain't to bad either ( Vulgar)

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    I like Pat's suggestion of the open book too, but maybe with the letters 'IOW' across the two pages?

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    I like the book idea also. That really says 'illustration' to me.

    Here's a couple I whipped up. I tried putting letters in there but I'm not so sure about that. None of the other icons do, and isn't that what an icon is for? to replace letters?

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    @Mr. Corlan: digging the books. Letters look fine to me - I prefer the one on the right, seems to say 'Illustration' more imo. When I was thinking of an open book, I was thinking something like Vulgar's last pic, or maybe that pic reversed to show the inside with one page of IOW text and one page illustrated - though I don't know if that's possible with the size limitations. And then out of the pages some magic is coming forth, or maybe inky tendrils.

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    Wanted to try my hand at this one.

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    a book indeed of some sort, gotta say suncuts looks very nice!

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    hey folks,

    though suncuts example looks pretty nice, i guess
    it would be cool not to lay down the topic 'illustration' to
    the print-medium. the idea of a typographic solution would
    also not fit w/ the other challenges.

    so i would suggest a rather open logo like...

    - an open hand or a fist
    - a combination of a hand and tools/brushes
    - brush strokes
    - maybe a hand/pencil that is drawing a stroke

    well, i know it's hard to find something because illustration
    has not the symbolic character like the other challenges.
    just think further and don't remain only on the book-idea.

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    a hand making a stroke might be cool, however imo it doesn't communicate 'illustration' to me as quite as effectively as the books.

    what are the other symbols?
    Crayon crossing brush
    Medusa smiley
    tree encircling a globe
    a funky rabbit thing
    a gear

    i think that a book fits into that set nicely, as most of the icons are simple, iconic (lack of better word), and straight to the point. the holy hand of the artist could be cool as well, maybe a hand with a pen surrounded by an aura/sunburst?

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