The nice thing about being a designer with solid Adobe Illustrator skills is that I can pretty much create anything I need for my projects. This NFL logo is a perfect example of that. I was in (dire) need of creating a 3d model of this logo for a side project of mine, and the way I usually start 3d work is to create the vector line work in Illustrator and then import that to my 3d modeling program. The trouble was, the only vector NFL logos I could find on the internet weren’t all that accurate. So I made one myself!
Do you know how hard it was to create this illustration? Well, truthfully, it wasn’t that bad – but it was a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be. That’s because in order to convert it to 3d later on, I had to make sure that my lines were perfect, with cleanly spaced points and no imperfections. If the lines aren’t clean, then there’s a pretty good chance that it wouldn’t convert very well. Or at all. Trust me, I’ve spent years pulling my hair out trying to troubleshoot why my vector source files weren’t importing to my 3d program very well. It turns out that the key is patience…
So once I had the outlines created, I decided to fill them with color to make an accurate representation of the logo. Because, hey – you know know when you’ll need such a thing, right? Well, it’s been a few years now and I’ve never (not even once) found myself in need of another NFL logo.
But I know there are some diehard football fans out there who could use it for their own projects, so here you go. The vector source file is here.