Sunday, April 6, 2014


My US Soccer 2030 concept series has won the award for best concept series on the CCSLC boards! Here is what one of the judges said about my project.

Best Concept Series // US Soccer 2030 // raysox

Who ever said size doesn’t matter? Well, raysox definitely has a big, bad... concept. 

Let’s look over the spec-sheet for raysox’s US Soccer 2030 project: 72 teams, full faux-backstories on each team, uniform concepts, logo designs, AND it’s fully playable in a video game? Yeah, that’s award-worthy. 

For me, the real joy of the project was reading the wonderful backstories (future-stories?) presented for every team. With each bio, you can see, smell, and practically taste the vision raysox had while recreating all 72 teams. 

On the artistic side of things, raysox does an amazing job in two specific areas: knowing when to show restraint/flex his creative muscles and succeeding in the fine details. For example, if something is working design-wise, raysox leaves it alone (Sounders, TFC, Chicago Fire), he also recognizes when the idea is good but tweaks need to be made (DC United, San Jose Earthquakes), and when a team need needs to head in a completely new direction (Columbus Crew, Boston Revolution). And even when he has nothing to work with, he shows that he has the ability to create great designs all on his own (San Francisco, California, & New Orleans). 

The other area raysox where excels at in the little things... Take choosing a sponsor, for example. Not many people would notice that he chose Meijer as the primary sponsor for the Detroit City concept; but someone who lives in Michigan would instantly recognize Meijer as their stores are a staple throughout the state. San Francisco FC is sponsored by Twitter. Buffalo Athletic is sponsored by Rich’s Products. Even the conscious decision to use a wide variety of apparel manufacturers helps sell the realistic nature of the project; and for that, the US Soccer 2030 project is deservedly wins the 2014 award for Best Concept Series.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fan Art!

I don't remember the last time that I got fan art to run on this blog, but it goes back to the very begining of this site. A friend of the blog, Mike Laziale, sent me some designs through the facebook page(which you all should like). This is his idea spun off from my US Soccer 2030 series. His team is called Team Red of Los Angeles, which he modded onto a video game. It's a very clean look, which never looks bad(unless you're the US Men's national team). The red kit is the home, and the yellow kit is the clash.

But wait! There's mroe! He took the time to mod some of the teams from my series!

Shout out to Mike for sending me these, even though it took a while for me to get this posted. If anyone wants to send me their designs, feel free!

2014 Nascar Sprint Cup Mod

Hey guys. Been kinda laying low for the last couple days. Thought it might be cool to show you guys what I've been doing since saturday. One of my favorite games ever is Nascar Racing 3. It came out in 1999, and I spent years painting cars on the built in paint studio. I've painted whole fields of cars on the worse-than-ms-paint program. Last year, I started a sim racing series with some friends. Here is the link and I encourage people who like this thread to check it out.

I was planning on trying my best on the program to make it look half decent. Then I researched into it, and found out how to mod the game with designs from outside the game. I found all these templates and a community that REALLY helped me out. It had a lot of things that I needed to learn, but I ended up figuring it out. After a while, I started making 2013 cars. They had the body deisng for the Gen6 cars, but the pre-made 1999 set wasn't the same. So I took on the task to make 42 cars to sim races with(your car retires before the race as the 43rd car). 

I wasn't planning on redoing them for this year. I thought about doing some guys that needed to be done(Austin Dillon, etc). Then I went to their message board and a guy had beaten me to it. Too bad they were absolute crap. I knew I could do better, so starting at 3 Saturday, I started redoing it. I decided I would work numerically, I start at Jamie McMurray(#1) and work it to Carl Edwards(#99). A lot were simple number fixes, due to laziness that made me overlook the way some numbers were tilted on the passenger side door. But a lot were redrawn. I worked literally non-stop. I focused more on making things perfect due to the template being flat, and the patches wrapping around the bumper. So cars with designs that go around from the side to the front were a bitch. There was a lot of planning and file renaming but today at 5 I managed to finish. If you're wondering, I did 15 the first day, 20 yesterday, and 7 today. I'll post a list of cars later.

But weithout further adeu, here is some screenshots of everything. I'll post screenshots of some requested cars if you're interested. NOTE, this game is 15 years old. The color pallate isn't exactly extensive, so they might be a little off, but I assure you it is what it is.

If anyone finds this on google, email me and I'll hook you up with the mod.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Buffalo Bills

 The first version of this logo was originally drawn last fall. It was a Buffaslug looking Bills logo. The current just seemed so static, so I wanted to give it a more realistic look, and provide a sense of motion.

The rebirth of this concept was done a few months ago. I finally drew the logo on inkscape, and then for some reason, i stopped. Fast forward to two weeks ago, and I needed the shape for my Winnipeg concept for my US Soccer series. I drew the full body logo. Then I was like "hmm that logo looks done. I'll just recycle the standing buffalo and pass it off as a fauxback!" And here we are now!

The script stayed the same, no outlines like what they have in the endzones now. There are things I'm not sold on their uniforms thatI hoped to fix. So the idea was a uniform based on the current nike rebrands happenig in the NFL. The old red helmets returned. Then I did a blue uniform with white pants, something that worked way better than the all navy look. The sleeve stripes and number font are the Michigan State numbers, because the fauxback looked too much like the home. The white/blue look they have on the road also looks very good, so that stayed. The alternate is a classic looking helmet with plain uniforms. I tried to match all the stripes over many background colors. This was a pretty quick concept, but I thought it was up to my quality of work.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rivalry Cups

A few more things for everyone! My good friend Jeremy and I decided to make logos for the derbies/cups/trophies. We worked on a similar, yet very customizable, template. We wanted each logo to have the same look but be unique. So below, I'm gonna give you some information on the cups we did.

401 Derby- Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact
 Alberta Challenge- Edmonton Drillers vs Calgary Owls
 Atlantic Cup- DC United vs New York Red Bulls
 Big Apple Open- NYCFC vs New York Cosmos vs New York Red Bulls
 Brimstone Cup- Chicago Fire vs FC Dallas
 Buckey Derb- Columbus vs Cleveland vs Dayton vs Queen City
 California Clasico- Los Angeles vs San Jose vs Chivas vs Anaheim vs California vs San Francisco
 Canadian Championship
 Carolina Classic- Carolina vs Charlotte vs Charleston vs Wilmington
 Cascadia Cup- Seattle vs Vancouver vs Portland
 Checkered Classic- Indy Eleven vs Charlotte
 Commonwealth Cup- Richmond vs Northern Virginia vs Norfolk
 CONCACAF Champions League
 Desert Derby- Las Vegas vs Phoenix vs Albuquerque
 Governer's Cup- Kansas City vs St. Louis
 Heartland Classic- Chicago vs St. Louis
 Heritage Cup- New York Cosmos vs Tampa Bay Rowdies
 Independence Cup- Boston vs Philadelphia vs DC United
 Keystone Cup- Philadelphia vs 3 Rivers United vs Harrisburg
 Lone Star Cup- Austin vs Dallas vs Houston vs West Texas vs San Antonio
 New England Derby- Connecticut vs Providence
 Pan-Am Super Cup- CONCACAF Champion vs Copa Libratadors(South America) Champion
 Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup- FC Dallas vs Columbus
 Rocky Mountain Cup- Colorado vs RSL
 Rust Belt Derby- Buffalo vs Cleveland vs Detroit
 Sunshine Shield- Tampa Bay vs Jacksonville vs Orlando vs Miami
 Trillium Cup- Toronto FC vs Columbus
 Upstate Derby- Buffalo vs Rochester
 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
 Volunteer State Cup- Memphis vs Nashville vs Chattanooga

So that's it! I'll have some more things in a few days!