A Heavy Metal BattleTech Clan Logo
Sounds fun doesn’t it? Well once in a full moon you get a logo design project where you can just let loose! There are a couple of reasons we are called Dark Design Graphics and creating ‘dark graphic designs’ like this is one of them. In this article I will explain a bit about how we made the heavy metal graphics and using textures in Illustrator.
MechWarrior Unit Logo Design
The name Antares literally means ‘Rival to the God of War’ it comes from ancient Greek (anti-Ares) and was given to a red supergiant star (or Alpha-Scorpii). With information like this in hand it was obvious what Antares Scorpions had in mind when they asked for an aggressive and powerful design which would incorporate a Scorpion and have a representation of the red supergiant star. Part of the brief also explained they would want a variety of colours and effects for variation on the forums and websites. Creating a Dynamic Logo was something I had recently done before and creating a dark, aggressive and powerful design, well, that is just me through and through!
Using Textures In Illustrator
After agreeing logo concepts and tracing my drawing in illustrator (read more about the logo design process in How To Design A Logo), it was time to starting ‘colouring up’ the design. Bearing in mind who I was designing this logo for and going for a really gritty, industrial feel I decided to use some grunge, rust and metal effect textures. There are many sources of free to use textures around the web and I will be posting a few of my favourites soon.
Using Textures for logo designs is often frowned upon for a very good reason. Making a logo design simple and versatile involves making it easy to print and dynamic enough to be placed anywhere and still look good. With this design we decided to ignore this and just go for the full impact. This design will be used on websites, forums, blogs and via social media so at the end of the day it can be as detailed as needed. But just in case I will keep my intact illustrator file so I can make adjustments for future uses.
Who Are The Antares Scorpions
The Antares Scorpions are what’s called a ‘Merc Unit’ in the world of online gaming, a group of online MechWarrior players who play matches for money! Yes I know, I thought my job was fun. As it turns out they don’t play for real money which actually makes my job much better 😀