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City of Cleveland Pennant

For my pennant I've decided to celebrate the steel making history of cleveland ohio. The terminal tower is a landmark in Cleveland so it became the center peice of my project. Because a structure of this magnitude could not have been built without steel it had to incorporated into my project also. My first step in brainstroming was to create a visual similar to old school sports pennants. Instead of doing something related to sports I felt like the city itself should be able to shine. 

The first image is of a hand lettered type that I wanted simulates steel or resemble a steel beam, it is steel a work in progress and I intend to create a font out of it for ease of use in later projects. 

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The next step was to create my skyline of the terminal tower then added the steel factory of Republic Steel and I will most likely add some of Cleveland's iconic bridges at a later time. 

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One of the tihings I'm trying to incorporate is the City name as part of the foundation of the tower written in the hand lettered steel font.

Using the C in Cleveland as a road leading connecting the bridges, the tower and the steel mill to each other and the words STEEL STANDING STRONG, substituting the word STEEL for STILL.

This project took a toll on me trying to get it completed. Having to simply the concept was that easy and sticking to one color also proved a challenge. I wanted to complete it for the sake of complting the goal but overall I am not happy that my skillset didn't allow me to bring the concept to completion. 

After the redraw I settled on the new concept.

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This was the final redraw.

I tried to make a texture from scratch in illustrator but failed miserably. And I didn't have the color table that Jon showed in his video so I chose a pantone color from one of the solid coated books.

My finished city of Cleveland pennant is this.

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