First time creating a contest. Just stumbled onto this website the other day via the N.O. Pelicans design contest, and we were blown away! Thanks in advance to all who will be helping us with our project!
Our aim is to create an identity for our select level teams that is distinct from our recreational/in-house programs. This mascot/character will be featured on helmet decals, uniforms, t-shirts, our website, etc. for our select level teams. The idea is to call our select level teams "River City Great Blue" select.
We would like a great blue heron character mascot designed for our select level teams (see attachments for g.b. heron images). The great blue heron is native to our area, and we chose it because it is a unique symbol of the community roots that our organization has. The bird also shares our color scheme, so we think it would be a natural fit for our teams. We have a wide range in age groups for our teams (ages 7-18), so we want the character to have a wide appeal. We are not looking for a cartoon character or something too childish; we want the fierceness of the heron to come out.
Our organization serves three towns around us (St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia) that encompass four different high schools (St. Charles North HS - North Stars, St. Charles East HS - Saints, Geneva HS - Vikings, Batavia HS - Bulldogs). It would be great to have a theme of three and four incorporated subtly somewhere in the logo (i.e. the character has a triangle crest behind him to symbolize the 3 towns, i.e. 4 feathers are visible to symbolize the high schools). We are open to a variety of ideas, so please feel free to let your creative juices flow here.
Overall we would like something clean, simple, and fierce. Lacrosse is a fast, physical, and finesse sport, and we would like our select teams' mascot to exude those same qualities. While we are open to "head up" designs, we are partial to a more "whole body" design. Some other logos/characters that have been inspiration for us have been the Atlanta Falcons logo (see attached images), as well as the many awesome designs that were created here at 99designs for the New Orleans Pelicans logo contest (see attachments for our favorites).
Clean & Simple - something that is able to be reduced to a 1 color to 3 color screen-print and is still obvious what it is
Color Scheme - Royal, Carolina/cobalt blue (not sure of the name exactly, please check current logo attachment to clarify), white, black, and grey scale (navy is also acceptable)
Fierce looking - we are trying to avoid a cartoony look and would prefer something more fierce/elegant
Incorporating themes of 3 & 4 to symbolize the 3 towns and 4 high schools - looking for something subtle and classy, but are open to ideas
Type of pose - standing, flying, diving, etc.