So here’s my progress on the STA Level 4 patch! I’ve narrowed it down to the two versions I like the most (I’ll have to choose one before I submit):
And these are the many other versions I drafted in Illustrator before settling on these two:
So you can I went through several iterations of my patch design. I basically started with the general idea that I wanted to incorporate a simple, kind of retro looking hand–whether it be in the form of a fist or the number four. The fist, I thought, ended up looking slightly too cliched, and I liked the almost relaxed feel of “four” hand. The polaroid-looking design was me trying to get a retro feel, and even though I did like it, I couldn’t incorporate the colors well into that one. (Maybe it could work as a pin or something!)
After settling on the shield-shaped design, I played around mostly with colors and embellishments. This design was actually derived from one of my sketches in the earlier post.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how my idea came out even if it doesn’t get picked. I’ve never really designed a patch before, so this was a really fun and interesting challenge.