Heroic Hollywood Secret Origin

“What kind of design you looking for?”

In June of 2012 I responded with the above tweet to (at the time) Latino Review’s El Mayimbe (Umberto Gonzalez). For those that don’t know, El Mayimbe is one of the more popular and outspoken internet journalists around. Mayimbe excels at getting superhero movie scoops (stuff you don’t find elsewhere) and so following him is a no brainer if you’re like me. He’s extremely well respected in that industry and I remember reading about this insane celebrity party at San Diego Comic Con that he threw. I wanted to go to the party. Badly. So I responded with the above to a tweet he sent looking for an artist.

In the years since, I’ve done a number of projects with Umberto ranging from invites to Kickstarter stuff. The longest and most involved though has been for his new site HEROIC HOLLYWOOD (see I had a point to this long winded post). About a year ago, after the dust from Comic Con had settled, I got a text asking about my thoughts on the name and if I had ideas for a logo. I didn’t. Loved the name but had no idea what a logo for that would look like. The only instruction I was given was that it needed to be dynamic and eye catching (and better than other sites’ logos… no pressure). I started sketching ideas but (as I’m sure he’d tell you too) they were all pretty terrible. I went in a completely wrong direction drawing exaggerated superhero types lifting the Hollywood sign. There were a few of characters bursting through the word Hollywood. Weird negative space stuff too if I remember correctly. It was all wrong and all pretty bad. After a month or two I finally asked for more detail on what the site was going to be like. His response was that it was an old school scoop site. Something simple and classic. This was extremely helpful as I knew I could go super simple for the logo. At that point I decided it was going to be just the initials. I started writing out “H’s” on a Post-Its (the only thing I had on hand at the time) and I eventually came up with an idea. Using an older deco style (simple/classic) I came up with a fairly generic looking hero character and used him to tie the two H’s together.

It’s been said it looks like Iron Man or something like that, but it really isn’t any one hero in particular. He loved the final version though and (unbeknownst to me at the time) I would spend the next year doing a LOT more work on it.

I’ve seen some of my designs on store fronts and gift cards and it’s always a bit surreal to see it go from your computer (or in this case sticky note) to something else. There’s no guarantee that when you’re hired to create a logo that you’ll see it again (businesses fall apart or they just don’t use it prominently). HH however, has been very different for me. I spent literally months going back and forth (again, I’m sure Umberto would agree with that) coming up with the logo, the color scheme and the fonts. After all of that time it’s been really rewarding seeing it plastered all over the internet, trades, news outlets and soon merch. It’s a logo I’m quite proud of and (at least I think) it satisfies all of the initial instructions given to me.

So moral? Ummm… I got nothing. But I will say that I’m always glad I responded to that tweet a few years ago. The person on the other end turned out to be extremely awesome and has been wildly supportive of my work everyday since. So a big thanks goes out to Umberto for that. Oh and I did get to go to the Comic Con party. There's that too.

Next post I’ll dig into the HH Calendar. Probably less wordy. We’ll see.

Updates...

Hey All,

 

Sooo updates (as per the title). Since last I spoke (or typed) my Macbook did indeed die. Memorial services were held, tears were shed, it was all very sad. So we are now a few weeks into our new version. New computer is faster. Much faster. Unfortunately it has not made me any faster at working.

Which brings us to... NEW WORK!

New poster is in the works. I'm a little more than halfway done so the whole thing should be up soon. May post so WiP pics but as present not much to show. Soon though.

What else.... Ummm...

A couple of other things going on but a little early to say much so we'll end here. Back soon with some new stuff.

Eulagizing My MacBook

So a week into my website's activity and my means of controlling it has died. After 6 years my MacBook has decided it doesn't want to work with me anymore and has refused to power on. So I'm now in the process of praying it hasn't decided to take my work with it. Lot of current projects were on there in various stages.

I'm trying to stay positive so maybe it's fixable but in all likelihood I will probably need a new one. Wish me luck all. Next post will either be from old (not so) faithful or a shiny new new one. Either way... I'll be back.

First Post... Sorta

Hey. So this is the first blog post for this site (guessing previous blog stuff doesn't count). In any case not sure what this will be so we'll keep it loose. I will post process video and random updates as I get inspired.

So in keeping with that. attached is quickie video of an iPad drawing I did of Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. As I'm sure will this will come out pretty quickly, I'm a massive geek with comic books. So expect a lot of that sort of stuff here too. In any case, video and final image are below.