UPDATE Apr 25:
I don't think this will be the final badge shape, but I wanted to explore this direction to see if it would overpower or help the icons.
UPDATE Apr. 24:
Shanfan had suggested that the world and dog should reflect the flat dimensionality of the other icons. I agree so I put together two versions of the dog icon. I think I like the first, but am open to suggestions.
This new version of the world minus the geography aspect is better than what I have originally posted. I also want to incorporated some sort of basketball graphic. I have played and love basketball. It may be a hidden icon somewhere on my site.
I keep looking at the icons on the white in my earlier post and keep wondering if white is the direction I should take the badges. I am one to work out all of the options though, whether in my head or on paper. This shape for my badge fits nicely with what I want to do with these badges.
The ones that are working best for me are the backpack, the radio, the desk and the pen, pencil and knife.
UPDATE April 23:
Working on some more images. I keep wanting to go complex on certain items, but scle it back on others. Not sure whether I should take it in a more complex way or keep it strictly shapes.
Maybe they are still working well together. I think the desk and book may be more simple than the backpack and camera. Any thoughts on whether to go more in detail or more simple shape?
I really enjouy natural, subdued tones and shades, so I feel good about the selection that I have, but I wouldn't mind trying some new bright, bold colors.
In terms of the illustration, I am keeping it simple, for now. I may end up putting in some more secondary details that you would notice after looking more in depth at the illustration. I like a certain complexity, but also really love the simple use of shapes.
My badge container is reflecting my logo. (To be updated soon)
Close Up #1:
Close Up #2:
Close Up #3: Will become a map of some sort.
These are my intial sketches for the badges. I have a pretty clear idea of what the overall usage of the badges will be, personal icons for my portfolio, but I will need to figure out which sketches to use for the ten.
My inspiration styles:
Badge Shape Inspiration:
Circle with ribbon for text.
Circle with main image breaking out of shape.
Those are my ideas and inspiration. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks. I will post my progress later this evening.