We’re very excited to announce that the band we tasked you with building in our Let’s Build A Band feature has taken one more step towards completion!  Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse now have a logo!  frizbee, with encouragement from formerwageslave, designed the logo and we’ll leave it to him to describe his design process:

I tried approaching the logo from a few different angles. formerwageslave and I both agreed that a name like Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse sounded like the kind of band you’d see playing along side bands like Reverend Horton Heat or The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but then ChildofAlma’s Shock-and-Awe Sensory Assault Blackened Deathgrind genre really threw us for a loop. It was a tricky combination to design for. I wanted something that felt sleek, something fitting of a name like Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse, but something that also let you know that the band was metal. I didn’t want the logo to be too metal, mainly because I felt that it wouldn’t fit the name of the band if the logo looked like your stereotypical metal band logo. I went in a few different directions, from a more classy, almost Steampunk look, to a more old-school, distressed Rockabilly flyer look. The logo I finally decided upon is entirely made from scratch. I decided that I needed to create my own text for the logo, rather than relying on the various fonts in my arsenal. I didn’t have anything that fit the vibe I was aiming for: sleek, but menacing. I created the sharp pointed text in Adobe Illustrator, and I initially intended to include the full band name, but I thought it felt cluttered and wound up going with the more simplistic VR logo. Once I had the text created, I imported it into Photoshop to complete the look of the logo. I added a nice grungy texture background, as well as a scratched metal texture to the logo itself in order to add to the overall impression I was trying to make. I added a few layer styles, such as a drop shadow, bevel and emboss, and a gradient, which helped make the logo stand out against the background and appear more realistic. I also added a small light flare to add to the sleekness of the logo. The blood spatter is actually a nod to my first design, which played very heavily with the blood spatter. In fact, the entire second half of the band name was written in blood in my first design. I decided that it was a bit too much, but I liked the idea of incorporating the blood spatter into this particular logo to help add to the “metal” feel of the band. I’m very happy with the way the logo turned out, and it puts out exactly the vibe that I wanted. The gleaming metallic VR doesn’t necessarily scream “metal” at first glance-it almost reminds you of a hood ornament on some classic car, but then you take in the dark, grungy background and the mysterious spots of blood and you realize that there’s more to this band than meets the eye.

We think it’s a great logo and we hope you do too!  Let frizbee know what you think of his design by leaving a comment below.

Tyman is next on the clock with an assignment to create the band members (needless to say he doesn’t have to create Victor) and an idea of the musical equipment they play.  We expect some interesting choices given the band’s name, tagline, and genre!  Tyman you have until April 13th to send us your assignment, so get to work!

11 Responses to “Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse Have A Logo!”

  1. poppinfresh Says:

    This logo is awesome! Well worth the wait.

  2. formerwageslave Says:

    Awesome work, man. 🙂

  3. Tyman Says:

    I need some help. How do I send in my work?

  4. TMTYTF Says:

    It looks fantastic, it really does. Very nice work.

  5. eric Says:

    Tyman – just click on the “feedback” link on the bottom of any page on Figment and it will give you an email form to send in your assigned task.

  6. Tyman Says:

    Thanks, Eric.

  7. frizbee Says:

    Thanks, guys!

  8. theHoseman Says:

    Well Done!! My expectations were high based on who was tasked with this portion of the experiment. To say that they were met would be an understatement…I’d say those expectations were left in the dust. While the logo is not at all what I had envisioned, it most certainly incorporates all the disparate elements of the band that is Victor Rossi & His Big Fat Posse.

    Once again, damn fine work!

  9. Childofalma Says:

    This the reason I threw you a curveball Frizbee… so you would knock it straight out of the f***ing park!!! That’s the kind of logo that if I saw that on a CD in Newbury Comics I would stop and stare… and probably buy it.

    Fantastic; absolutely fantastic.

  10. frizbee Says:

    Wow, thanks, guys. I was happy with the final outcome of the logo, but I honestly wasn’t expecting such strong reactions. Thanks! =D

  11. algoreyou Says:

    Okay, I agree with the above. This is absolutely awesome! Three thumbs up!

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