Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sarah Fisher's Helmet Design: First Draft

As you can imagine, the projects just keep rolling in. I've literally never been busier in my life! Enough about me though — more about Sarah Fisher! And no, unfortunately I was not hired by Sarah Fisher for this.

Now, I'm not sure if I should be telling you this or not, but I will anyway. Sarah Fisher announced a unique opportunity for her fans to play a role in her upcoming race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. She wants them to design a helmet to match the pink firesuit she'll be wearing in support of Susan G. Komen For the Cure's promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The winner of the design contest will have their artwork displayed in front of national media and thousands of race fans, as well as receive a replica painted helmet as a memento. How cool!

So, for our first illustration project, we were assigned this task. Design her freakin' helmet and win! No joke. My professor really wants one of our designs to be chosen. Here is my first draft. From comments and critiques, I'll make some changes and post my final by Friday. And no, I won't provide the link to the competition! Have you ever hear of Google?

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  1. I like the color scheme. Putting the logo in the black on the back should make it stand out much better than it just being on the pink.
    Nice Job

    Stacy Faw

  2. Over all, a really nice concept and I really like the color scheme.

    Just a couple things I see:

    1.) I think it might be nice to have her signature where her name is. (I had this idea for my design, but couldn't find a signature of hers that could work, so good luck with that.)

    2.)The back and front don't seem to flow like one piece. You have a couple of stripes out lined in black in one, and then nothing where it connects to in the front view. Also, would be nice to wrap (using the clipping mask we learned in class today) the logo area with the black, white, and pink around the back of the helmet. I think your concept would be better visualized by the judges.

    3.) The vent areas in the front of the helmet have an outline of dark pink, but that doesn't seem to also be in the side view.

    4.)Your top view has an un-outlined logo, but in the back view, it looks "outlined". I think the black sets it off, but might be a concern with changing the logo much in any way.

    Over all, I really like the concept and can't wait to see your finished product!! :)

  3. Thanks for the comments. Yes, I definitely need to connect the top and back views of the helmet. That was an after thought sometime following this post when I realized my mistake. Once I do that though, I think it will have a cool look to it.

    The vents definitely need to be colored. Not sure how I missed that. I guess that's what 5 day deadlines do to you. For this helmet, I'm going off the good old design saying: KISS.


    Let's hope it pays off.

  4. I like it other than the inconsistencies pointed out. Also, I'd like to add that I like your blog layout. It's very pleasing.

  5. Thanks Allen! Glad you like the blog layout.

  6. Looks nice! You guys are getting some cool projects for 251. Good luck on your entry!

  7. That is such a cool project! Tell your professor he's a cool one :)
    As for the design, is this the same shade of pink that she'll be wearing? I think a hot pink color would look more impressive on the track :)

  8. Marcello, I think I'm lucky to have Baldwin so late compared to everyone else. Seems like the projects have tightened up a lot. :)

    Glad you like the design Raymond. More to come later today.

    Jarmaine, I'll let him know you said that. And yes, that is most likely the same pink as the suit she will be wearing. Since those are the two shades from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure logo. But can you really get more hot pink than that? Haha!

  9. Nice! I like the contrast with the hot pink next to the black - very cool.