Arizona - The 5 Cs

Arizona - The 5 Cs - student project

I know, I know, my last name isn't Arizona but I've lived here my whole life and I consider AZ my forever home, my forever family. This is actually the second time attending this great class—thanks for the creative push Aaron. 





Remake the Great Seal of the State of Arizona into a family crest combining symbols from the current seal and the AZ state flag. Our current seal's arrangement:

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The 5 Cs

In Arizona's infancy, she benefitted economically from 4 primary sources: Cash Cows, Cash Crops, Cash Money and Cash Climate (eh?). Actually there are/were 5 Cs:

  • Cattle
  • Citrus
  • Climate
  • Copper
  • Cotton

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The Flag

The flag is divided into two halves with a copper star front and center—'cause copper is king around these parts. The top half is filled with 13 alternating rays of red and yellow (reppin' the 13 OG colonies), and colors borrowed from Spanish flags that once littered the land. The bottom half is a solid blue, nabbed straight from Old Glory herself, creating a horizon line for a setting sun.

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Started with cattle since I thought it'd be the easiest. Unfortunately for me I have a habit of over complicating things, which shines through in my first attempt for a cow head.

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Tried to make this one a little more specific to the Phoenix neighborhood of Arcadia, which has a rich history of citrus farming. First couple of attempts include irrigated groves with a few trees and an "orange" sun to combine climate and a Camelback silhouette. Landed on using 4 citrus trees to symbolize the four primary citrus crops; orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime.

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A few examples of a simple cotton graphic. All circles and one tiny little straight line. Most looked too much like boobs or butts to move forward with.

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This symbol I'm most fond of. I was born on the 29th. It's atomic number is 29. It's also my favorite metal. Open pit mine complete with a mine car full of copper that's shaped suspiciously like the scrapped Camelback silhouette.

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1-Color with Setting Sun

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Sedona / Grand Canyon Gradient with Setting Sun

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AZ Flag

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Halftone Setting Sun

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Sans Setting Sun (per Pearse O'Halloran's comment)

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