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Football frogs

As I continue to explore higher detailed icons, I’ve been having some fun redoing old emoticons. These are the representatives of the three main Portuguese football clubs: S.L. Benfica, Sporting C.P. and F.C. Porto. They are essentially the same frog, wearing the club colors in the shape of a scarf.

Football frogs

As with the Batman emoticon, I started out with a FreeHand drawing, imported into Photoshop as a smart object. Not much of the original vectorial is left as I redraw everything in Photoshop.

I believe in the flexibility of vectorial drawings, however, FreeHand is rather limited in what comes to gradients and so I’ve been exploring my options in Photoshop.

I know Illustrator is vastly better at gradients, with its mesh gradient tool. Sadly, my company has not bought me CS3 yet. I use the word ‘yet’ with some hope, you will notice.


I’ve been working on a new application icon for SAPO Messenger and decided to take the chance to make something that could be used as a replacement for the company logo.

I think the current logo illustration of the frog’s head has some basic problems and that it could be improved. So, as an exercise, I incorporated the creation of a new logo illustration into the creation of the new application icon.

Here’s what I have, so far:

SAPO logo illustration


Megaphone icon

This is one of the oldest icons I’ve made at SAPO. It was originally drawn for the public forums and it appeared on the portal homepage in a monochromatic green-toned version.

Its second incarnation was in the instant messenger client, SAPO Messenger, as a bold, thick-outlined icon. I gave it a blue and gray palette and used the thick lines to improve readability at small sizes.

As I started to work on version 5.0 of the IM client, a new look was needed to add some visual novelty for the users, but without departing too much from the current look, so as not to create total confusion.

This is the current version: it doesn’t have outlines, just color and value, and it uses a stylized projected shadow to increase depth.

I’m still studying the possibilities with this kind of illustration for the application interface since there are still readability issues.