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Shield with a ribbon

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Published: November 10, 2012
That's what I consider my best vector work so far.

Tools: Illustrator CS5
Time: around 6 hours (phew!)
Objects: 36 paths, 168 points
Image size
363x348px 79.67 KB
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CamiloMMHobbyist Interface Designer
Hey, this looks rather cool! Looks like videogame art, or a logo.

The only issue I can find is that the metalic frame maybe would look better without the black outline (since the rest doesn't have one). Then again, I'm not sure what I'd do.
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Thanks, I've spent ridiculous amount of time considering my usual inclination towards graphic works and I was quite surprised to actually finish it.

It's used inside a web page that looks brownish and the outline is mostly meant for that. It has become taller too in the final version ([link]).
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Ah, that looks rather nice indeed, good job :)

But so you don't consider yourself fit for this kind of design work? Or is it unpleasant?
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I actually like it but it's still hard to get myself polish an icon or some other graphic element until the end. For example, I can tell that from my POV the shield is polished just right; but that's probably the only work so far that I could do that properly. Like written in the description it took me around 6 hours straight to finish it off, usually I'm getting bored after 3-4 so, uh :) But I think this might go away with time as I don't have problems coding for 8-10 hours without standing, for example.

Your icons look better in this respect.
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I think for me it's the opposite... polishing it relatively easy, while I sometimes get stuck getting the initial idea.

The "finishing touches" part is the most fun for me, for example quantizing the PNGs and passing them through 3 different compressors, or making a preview image, etc.

And I can relate to pulling all-nighters :)

Regarding the icon I made... I'm terribly inefficient I think. It was the only thing besides daily chores I did, for those few days :D

One thing graphic design has that can encourage forbearing is that you can see the "compiled output" while you make it...