December 11, 2014

Guest Concept Post #72

Hello again!  Before we get to today's concepts I just wanted to let you all know that I'm going to change up the Templates page soon, which will include getting rid of most of the templates that are currently on that page.  So if you want those images, save them to your computer now.

In other news the 2015 Stadium Series jersey designs have been leaked, and they look just like my Montreal Canadiens De-Edge concept from last July (but I can't take credit for the idea, many other people have made similar concepts).  I'll review the jerseys sometime after they have been officially unveiled.

Jean Béliveau Memorial Patch, by Ricky:
Our first concept is a memorial patch for the great Jean Béliveau created by Ricky.  The patch is simple, it's Béliveau's number four inside of the Canadiens' C (which is a similar idea to what Patrick Roy did on his helmet), and I think that simplicity works great here.  I also really like the presentation of this concept, particularly the use of Béliveau's signature.  My one suggestion would be to make the background black and white, since the image of Béliveau is black and white (and also it would make the rest of the concept stand out more).  Rest in peace Béliveau.

Anaheim Ducks, by Ricky:
Ricky also sent in this orange third jersey concept for the Ducks, which is based off of the Anaheim's 2003-06 third jersey.  It was a solid jersey in black and eggplant, and it's still a solid jersey in the Ducks' current colour scheme.  I think the logo and player's name both need to be a bit bigger, but other than that the execution is good.

Thunder Concept, by SM:
Our final concept is from first time contributor SM.  He created this concept for the team he plays for which is called the Thunder (the team is also Canadian which is why there is a maple leaf in the logo).  I think the striping on the torso of the dark jersey and the hem of the light jersey looks good, but the rest of the striping suffers from paint bucket syndrome (which is just colouring in the different panels on the jersey).  The execution could also be improved, there is also a lot of empty space on the image which can be fixed by just cropping the image, and there are a lot of loose pixels near the lines of the template.  I'd recommend trying a different template, because I don't think this one is very good unless you have a lot of experience.  My last suggestion would be to use a light neutral colour like silver or white as the background colour, which will make the jerseys stand out a bit better.

Thanks for visiting!

November 28, 2014

Guest Concept Post #71

Hello everyone!  There is a poll question on the sidebar of the page.  I'm wondering when I should switch the blog's header (design at top of the blog) to a Christmas design.

Sonic the Hedgehog NHL Jerseys, by Jared:
Our first concept today is another Sonic concept from Jared.  We have pretty much seen these concepts twice already, so I'm not going to comment on the designs again, but I will briefly talk about the execution.  The biggest issue here are that the armpits of the jerseys are down too low, and overall the drawn lines look sloppy and rushed.

Edmonton Oilers, by Jared:
Jared also sent in this concept for the Oilers.  I like the sash-style striping, it's a unique look which has a bit of history in Edmonton.  I also think this layout of the jersey is the best we've seen from Jared, as it seems to hide some of his execution errors.  There are still some errors though, including the sash-stripe which has a gap between the orange and blue at the bottom but no gap on the upper half.  Also the finer details get lost (which has been a problem with Jared's concepts), most noticeably on the oil-drop which is much more rounded on top than it should be.  In my opinion the only way too fix that problem is to take your time and not rush your concepts.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

November 23, 2014

My Thoughts: Blackhawks Winter Classic and Jersey Ads

Back on November 5th the Blackhawks unveiled the new Winter Classic jersey, then the next day a story was circulating that the NHL was considering putting ads on jerseys.  Today I'm going to discuss those two subjects (better late then never I guess).

Chicago Blackhawks Winter Classic Jersey
Images from blackhawks.nhl.com
When the Washington Capitals unveiled their Winter Classic jersey, the graphics in the stadium used the Blackhawks current logo.  That made me go "hmm" maybe the Blackhawks are just going to use their current road jersey (like the Canadiens in the 2011 Heritage Classic), and I thought to myself "I'd be perfectly fine with that".  My second thought was they might take an older version of their road sweater and put their current logo on it, which was exactly what they did.  The Blackhawks went with a design based off of their 1957-58 road jersey, completely accurate except for the use of their current logo.

I think the jersey is a great choice, I especially like the placement of the secondary logo on the sleeve stripes.  I don't like the choice to use their current logo though, although I understand why the Blackhawks would want to use their current logo, and I don't think the logo choice hurts the jersey that much.  Overall I think this year's Winter Classic will be a great looking game.
Grade:  A-

NHL Jersey Ads
Image from marlies.ca - Image from canucks.nhl.com
My thoughts on the idea of ads on NHL jerseys can be summed up in a very short sentence, which is "IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA"!!!  The NHL would look like a minor league if their jerseys had ads, and unlike minor league teams they don't need the extra money, the NHL would just be being greedy.  I also think jersey ads would hurt jersey sales, I know I would stop buying them.  Another way to look at this is that many people have said that hockey is like a religion, building off of that you could say that hockey jerseys are like a sacred religious artifact, and putting ads on jerseys would be sacrilege, it's simple a terrible idea.

That being said it wouldn't be the end of the world, I would still watch the NHL just as much as I do now, I would still run this blog, and I'd still make jersey concepts.  Eventually I would get used to the jersey ads, I don't really notice them anymore when I'm watching my second favourite sports league the CFL (although the CFL needs the money a lot more than the NHL, so ads are more acceptable for that league).  It would just be very, very disappointing seeing ads on NHL jerseys, especially on timeless classics like the Canadiens red sweater.
Grade (of the idea of ads on NHL jerseys):  F-

Have a good day!

November 15, 2014

Guest Concept Post #70

St. Louis vs Chicago (Stadium Series), by Scott:
Scott is back with another Stadium Series concept.  Last time he made some fauxback jerseys for a hypothetical game between the Blue Jackets and Sabres, this time he does the same for the Blues and Blackhawks.  The Blues jersey looks like a much improved version of their 1984-85 road jersey, I particularly like having the "Blues" script in yellow.  I'm also a big fan of the Blackhawks jersey, which appears to be inspired by their 1958-59 jersey road jersey (although with their 1941-55 logo) with the secondary logo centered on the sleeve stripes, and also the hem stripes on this concept appear to be based off of the sleeve stripes on that 1958-59 road jersey.  Lastly I have to mention how much I love the red numbers on the Blackhawks jersey, they really stand out and balance the colours on the jersey.

Sonic the Hedgehog NHL Jerseys, by Jared:
We also have more Sonic jerseys from Jared, but this time it's for the comic series Sonic the Hedgehog (these jerseys are for are the Ducks, Rangers, Canadiens, and Canucks).  I like that Jared stuck to colours that the teams currently use this time.  Where this concept could be improved in my opinion are the logos, I'd like to see actual logos used instead of just letters for each team.  The execution also has lots of room for improvement, some of the biggest errors include the sleeves on the Ducks jerseys which are too long and skinny, and the sleeves on the Canadiens jersey that are different lengths.

Thanks for visiting!

November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day Guest Concept Post

Poppy Initiative Concept, by Justin S:
Justin sent in this concept which is very appropriate for today being Remembrance Day.  He suggests that the Canadian NHL, AHL, and CHL teams wear a poppy patch on the front of their jerseys leading up to November 11th.  I think that is a great idea, especially having all three leagues working together.  The presentation of this concept is also top notch, I like the fact that Justin chose the captain of each team too show that poppy patch wouldn't be too crowded.  My one suggestion is to have an outline around all the poppies, as I like how the poppies stand out on the Kamloops and Halifax jerseys, and then the same patches could be applied to any colour background (even a red background).

Lest we forget.