The Ramones. Classic rock. Band t-shirts.
These are all things I love. So when I was assigned to make a t-shirt I thought “What can I do to change up the Classic Ramones t-shirt?” At first I thought I could do something with Ramen noodles. That did not fit the style and was a little lame. So then I thought what else sounds close enough to “Ramones”? ROMANS! As I did more research, tying in Roman history became the clear choice.
Here is my inspiration:
The Ramones modeled their shirt after the House of Representatives Seal. As I looked at the different pieces of the shirt I decided I needed to replace each aspect with a Roman element. The eagle became a roman eagle. The stars became the center of a roman shield. The circle above the eagle on the House of Pres. seal became a roman helmet surrounded by laurel leaves. The baseball bad and leaves became weapons. The shield became a classic Roman shield.
I started by sketching my ideas. This was very helpful as I figured each piece out. I tried different versions of my helmet as well as a few details. I also drew how I was thinking I could combine all my parts to make the whole seal.
My first draft didn’t include the total picture. Originally I thought I would make it simple with just a Roman helmet. As I thought about it more I decided to do the whole thing and tie in everything.
The next thing I did was begin creating my eagle. This is my first draft (still unfinished) of part of my eagle.
I got some feedback and tips on how to define the shape better. I used mimicking shapes to create shadows to define the shapes in my design. I also made sure to pay attention to how things were placed and shaded.
Here is my final design!
Here is one of the printed versions. (Playing with the colors here.)