This week is homecoming week at the school where I work. This weekend my college is finishing up their own homecoming week, and my lovely portrait is among those posted in celebration (15 years for me) in their “parlor.” (I can’t remember exactly what they call it it’s more than a meeting room or dining room, but it’s where they hold all the special gatherings -alumni, donors, luncheons, etc.)
And I think my high school celebrated the week before last. I’m at 19 years for that, so I have zero idea.
In the spirit of the celebrations, that is this week’s theme. My new goal is to not use any visual aid (with the exception of the logos today and Thursday. I cannot do those from memory.
To kick things off, I went with my high school and college logos.
Both have been updated since I attended (heck – my college is now a university), and both have animal mascots that are very difficult to draw (dragons for high school, mustangs for college), which I tried my best to avoid.
The Johnston Dragons were easier, as I could look to their football helmets. I got a little over-confident on the flames (If you can’t draw a dragon, at least include its fire), so the proportions aren’t quite right, but it still turned out OK.
The Mustang was harder. However, despite being intimidated by drawing a horse, I’m happier with that portion than I am with the name. I should have gone lighter on the blue there or found another way to get the letters in. (However, the fact that the letters fit in proportion to the space is a triumph.)
Having no football team, the Mount Mercy Mustangs posed a challenge in that every logo has a horse on it. (Founded in 1928, Mount Mercy was founded by the Sisters of Mercy as a junior college for women. They’ve never had a football team, but we just like to say we’ve been undefeated since 1928.) The exception is their letterhead logo. I didn’t like the letterhead for this sketch, because it had too many letters, and I knew I couldn’t keep the consistency up, even if my consolation was the accompanying image is a simple cross.
I have no idea why there is gray on the logo, as our colors are blue, gold, and white, and I’ve never seen gray on one in my life. However, it did give the image the definition that it needed, so I resisted the urge to leave it off.
Our theme is “Go For the Gold” (aka Olympics) Tomorrow is pajama day (AKA Olympian’s day off, which is a stupid dress up day, but whatever) and our pep rally (there’s no school on Friday…don’t even get me started…), so I’m not entirely sure what I’ll come up with, but I have an entire day to figure it out!