Anyway. Today we are talking about Narwhals! The good folks at Narwhals Ate My Duck, a crazy bunch of nutters who live in those Wormhole things (I dunno), asked me to create an Alliance logo for 'em. And maybe a Wallpaper. Well now, how could I say no to that? Just the name alone meant I had to have something to do with it!
So the in-game icon was a blast to create. Originally I thought I'd try something more symbolic, representational, but despite some cool paths it just didn't work. Then I happened upon this sketch I had done years and years ago, a series of clipart icons I had designed for the National Geographic Magazine believe it or not. Hey, I am not above re-using and recycling my art. The series was about whales and sure enough there was a Narwhal among them. I cleaned it up a bit, rotated it cause the Alliance name does happen to be plural and the rest you can see for yourself.
|The Icon in-game|
Then it was time to create a wallpaper to celebrate the new logo. Here I was a tad stumped. Sadly I haven't spent much time in the Great White North, so my supply of available Narhwal photos was a tad... well I didn't have any. Nor illustrations, nor napkin sketches, nor nothing.
Luckily I have resources. I found surprisingly little in the way of Narwhals, but I did find this awesome photo that just might work. It took some doing but I think it turned out pretty kewl. I did a bunch of different versions for them, and these are two of them. Feel free to download and enjoy them yourselves.
And a more "grindhouse" version: