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Title: SGU Graphic
Post by: Jay on January 28, 2011, 02:48:49 PM
Guys,  I have an idea that maybe someone can help with.  I like the graphic of an astronaut.  I was thinking it would be cool to alter this image or one like it to show the guy holding an SGU flag.  Id like a version for a t-shirt and one for print.  I think the t-shirt one might look better if it were a line drawing.  What do you think?
(http://www.wallpaperweb.org/wallpaper/space/1600x1200/Lubar_Rover__Astronaut_Saluting_the_Flag_1600.jpg)
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Miisanthrope on January 28, 2011, 03:38:09 PM
I'm no artist, but as a general idea, like this? Not the same astronaut, this is a modification of one I made for a T-shirt years ago but  I then never quite finished: 

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v356/Miisa/Crafts/SGU_flag_1.png)


Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: neurotraveller on January 28, 2011, 03:38:37 PM
A line drawing version of that would be pretty cool.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on January 28, 2011, 03:43:17 PM
I'd love to give it a whack... but what does the official SGU flag look like?
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Jay on January 28, 2011, 04:41:11 PM
Henning you crazy bastard we don't have a flag yet :)  Whatever you think looks cool.  Miisa - I like the mock-up you made.  It would be cool for the flag to have a wavy look as if it were real.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Miisanthrope on January 28, 2011, 05:27:40 PM
Miisa - I like the mock-up you made.  It would be cool for the flag to have a wavy look as if it were real.

Yeah, I don't have the time to learn the mad Photoshop skills needed to get it to look authentic, but surely there are some ready-trained wiz's out there?

BTW, I originally made the astronaut for a T-shirt about the one epic theoretical battle I have yet to hear you guys ponder:

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Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: seaotter on January 28, 2011, 06:06:01 PM
Awesome so far, can't wait to see what panda does! Haha challenge!
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on January 29, 2011, 07:11:13 AM

Well, it's not what you asked for and it doesn't have a flag, but here ya go.
The line work needs to be made consistent and the lettering needs to be nicer.... which I will do if you want to make a tShirt.



(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3537108/SGUastronaut.png)






Did you mean to reference this image?
(http://www.thespacereview.com/archive/713a.jpg)
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Steven Novella on January 29, 2011, 11:39:48 AM
Henning,

Yes - we do not want to copy the MTV image. It has to be distinct from that.

I like your drawing of the astronaut. However, "your escape to reality" is good for existing listeners, but won't help spread the word. We would prefer to work in the name of the show also.

Thanks for your help with this.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Chew on January 29, 2011, 12:04:36 PM
Whatever you come up with it should incorporate the new Hubble Ultra Deep Field picture:

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Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Jay on January 29, 2011, 07:11:00 PM
I just noticed the SGU in his helmut..very cool!
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: DRmeg378 on January 30, 2011, 05:08:06 PM
This is an awesome idea. I'm the furthest away from an artist you could be, but I'm willing to buy the end product :)
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on January 31, 2011, 03:02:33 AM
I have been drawing all weekend, for work. So I haven't got back to this.
Will do soon. Deadline?


Steve, how bout the floaty astronaut just has the name of the show under him?


Or...
Eye-catching graphic on the front: astronaut with slogan... and then call to action on the back: "Listen to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe".


I think it looks awkward and potentially illegible if you try and cram it all into a flag.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: PB and J on February 01, 2011, 12:27:11 AM
I thought I'd have crack at this, I was trying to practice the flag waving effect and got this image (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5093/5406344701_b02b413daa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredgray/5406344701/)
sgu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredgray/5406344701/#) by Jared Gray (http://www.flickr.com/people/jaredgray/), on Flickr

but i think it looks more like a paper crumpled effect... damn the moon and its ever present atmosphere filled with wind.... wait thats not right.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: gs on February 03, 2011, 12:21:55 AM
i havent tried a flag yet, but i've erased the background from the astronaut in case people want to play with it.

here's the PNG file...

(http://www.evolutiondatabase.com/personal/images/spaceman.png)

here's the ZIP file with PNG file and PSD file...

http://www.evolutiondatabase.com/personal/files/spaceman.zip (http://www.evolutiondatabase.com/personal/files/spaceman.zip)

cheers!
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: barocon on February 03, 2011, 09:19:51 AM
I think it looks awkward and potentially illegible if you try and cram it all into a flag.
I agree. And it probably wouldn't be t-shirt friendly.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on February 08, 2011, 02:48:43 AM

Finished it to my satisfaction. What y'all think?





(click to show/hide)
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Chew on February 08, 2011, 11:23:24 AM
Looks great.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Eternally Learning on February 08, 2011, 02:55:25 PM
Looks great.

I second that.  Awesome, awesome job!

 :worship:
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: JuniorSpaceman on February 08, 2011, 07:13:17 PM
I love the astronaut  :D

Is the 'Listen To ...' part meant to be on the back, or beneath the picture?
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: seaotter on February 08, 2011, 08:17:57 PM
Shouldn't it say that it's a podcast and maybe what a podcast is?
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on February 08, 2011, 11:05:10 PM
...and the website and when it's on Eastern and Central and the new XM schedule too!
 ::)
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: seaotter on February 08, 2011, 11:18:22 PM
...and the website and when it's on Eastern and Central and the new XM schedule too!
 ::)

That was my next suggestion.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: DRmeg378 on February 09, 2011, 12:33:11 AM
Awesome job!
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Keating on February 09, 2011, 01:12:45 AM
I made a B&W version, cropped a little.
(http://[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/45299054@N04/5429752137/][img]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5258/5429752137_0c2e4fa8f8.jpg)[/url]
SGU FLAG Project (http://www.flickr.com/photos/45299054@N04/5429752137/#) by SoyJardinero (http://www.flickr.com/people/45299054@N04/), on Flickr[/img]
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: pandamonium on February 09, 2011, 04:36:12 AM
...and the website and when it's on Eastern and Central and the new XM schedule too!
 ::)
:mmmhmm:

If I have time in the next 50 years, I might take a crack at this. I don't have the needed programs to produce decent line art, and I don't want to steal Henning's thunder (his design is f-ing awesome), but I could do this just for fun.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Rocket Man on February 09, 2011, 11:53:13 PM
I just want to know how henning did it. I need details.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on February 10, 2011, 12:08:51 AM
I just want to know how henning did it. I need details.

Flash CS4 and a Wacom Cintiq 21x. 12 hours or so.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: montanaskeptic on February 11, 2011, 05:35:08 PM
Flags seem to best when they're simple-especially if it's going to be on a flag.

I did a simple mockup of what might be good to have for a flag distilling whats already going on in the website logo.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_OqqHNV63rTI/TVW42Kan92I/AAAAAAAAAdQ/hM4r_BCG8WA/s144/atom.png)

Just my 2 cents.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: pandamonium on February 12, 2011, 03:18:14 AM
Flags seem to best when they're simple-especially if it's going to be on a flag.

I did a simple mockup of what might be good to have for a flag distilling whats already going on in the website logo.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_OqqHNV63rTI/TVW42Kan92I/AAAAAAAAAdQ/hM4r_BCG8WA/s144/atom.png)

Just my 2 cents.
Nice.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on February 13, 2011, 03:01:32 PM
Jay? Steve? You want the drawing?
If not, I'm giving it to Panda so she can make a shirt.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: seaotter on February 13, 2011, 03:16:28 PM
Communist
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: pandamonium on February 13, 2011, 11:26:04 PM
Jay? Steve? You want the drawing?
If not, I'm giving it to Panda so she can make a shirt.
\o/
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Jay on February 16, 2011, 10:14:00 AM
I'm working with Rebecca on updating our web store.  I think that I can do better than Cafepress.com.  Anyway yes I want it :)  I'm planning on having a listener-art section and this is perfect.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: TheLostVertex on February 16, 2011, 05:17:50 PM
I'm working with Rebecca on updating our web store.  I think that I can do better than Cafepress.com.  Anyway yes I want it :)  I'm planning on having a listener-art section and this is perfect.

I have researched the to order custom shirt printing buisness quite a bit. The best print quality is printfection (http://www.printfection.com/). The best for their public commerce is cafe press. Spreadshirt's quality wavers and their sites number of users for public shopping is less than that of cafe press. Zazzle only lets you earn a fixed income off your product, where most other fulfillment companies let you decide the markup. If a custom store front is a big concern, prinfection offers their premium service for free, while most others charge.

There are many other services around, but those are the main ones I can think of off hand.
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Jay on March 11, 2011, 02:12:34 PM
Henning,  Did you send me the graphic?  I don't remember seeing it in email.

LV,  have you used  printfection?
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: Henning on March 11, 2011, 11:51:34 PM
Henning,  Did you send me the graphic?  I don't remember seeing it in email.

Oh... okay. Done!
Title: Re: SGU Graphic
Post by: TheLostVertex on March 12, 2011, 07:52:12 PM
Im currently in the process of setting up a custom store with them. Ill post more when its done and give my experience working with their setup. As Ive said, there are lots of choices, just depends on what you are looking for.