Erick Gil

Design / Illustration

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Gil Montilla Crest

Background:

I have family in both Colombia and Venezuela, so the idea of making a crest for this enormous family was impossible. Instead, I chose to focus on my immediate family. In Latin America, it is traditional to use both your father’s and mother’s last name, which is why it is Gil Montilla.

Research:

I started by researching my family name crests. I did not use any of the elements due to the fact that I do not feel the symbols represent my families well, but I did get a good sense of form and shape.

Gil Crest & Montilla Crest

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Process:

The strongest elements that came to mind for my crest as I heard Draplin speak about his:

Aguardiente (Firewater) from Colombia, and more specifically Antioquia where my family is from. People drink this thing like it's water.

Arepas from Venezuela. I'm sure most people here in the U.S. have been seeing these around more lately. It's the equivalent of burgers in the U.S.

The Venezuelan flag. By rejecting the 8th star that Chavez added during his presidency, I added a political stamp to the family shield.

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Iteration 1:

I very simply illustrated the Aguardiente bottle as well as the arepa. I also added the 7 Venezuelan stars as my laurel. What I learned quickly would be that I'd have a hard time figuring out the shape of the shield, because I did not want to copy what Draplin made for his. This was actually pretty hard to do because the arepa illustration, I felt, was pretty close to the perogi illustration he made for his crest as well.

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Typography:

I chose Gil Sans Ultra Bold because it has uniquely playful characters and works well with the line thickness I am using. Also my name is Erick Gil (very close to Eric Gill), so why the hell not?

Iteration 2:

I switched the text around to make it stand out more, and added "La Familia," and "Venezuela Colombia United States." Also added "mera checo!" at the bottom which is something we say to each other all the time. It translates to "hey dude" in spanish, but with a Venezuelan accent. I also tried a shadow, but it looked out of place.

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Iteration 3:

I wanted to add more elements so I asked my brother for some inspiration. He came up with Vallenato, which is THE quintessential Colombian genre of music. I chose to illustrate the hat to represent this.

I also decided to change the accent typeface from Garamond to Alegreya, which is made by Huerta out of Argentina (a link back to South America).

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Iteration 4:

Added some more elements and movement to the illustrations.

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Iteration 5:

Added a soccer ball to represent the most popular sport in Colombia. Also made some variations in the backgrounds of the shield pieces and separated the last names for better legibility.

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Final:

I realized there was too much focus on Colombia in the illustrations, so I switched the soccer ball around for a baseball (Venezuela's most popular sport). This is the final version in black and white.

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In action:

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Thank you for viewing my project! Comments/suggestions/likes are appreciated :)

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