I'm looking for a stunning, dynamic emblem/badge/design for a fantasy sport from my upcoming YA fantasy novel. The sport is an adult fast-paced aquatic game called Aquattrox (more later, to help inform the design), and is edgy and often violent.
The design is to be used for print/merchandising purposes, such as tees, bags, coasters, bookmarks, and more.
The emblem should reflect the fact that this is not an 'our world/modern sport' but comes from an often-violent fantasy land, steeped in magic, blades, and blood. (Hey there are happy things there, though!)
Some background on the sport:
It is played by two teams, competing on an aquatic 'field' in a stadium (it has origins in the open sea, but such play is now banned). The players are mounted on a larger cousin of the dolphin, which has two dorsal fins on its back, (the rear one being slightly smaller). These creatures are also generally darker and often have mottled underbellies.Points are scored by getting the black ball into the mouth of any one of the thirteen vortices (or water spouts) which weave and lurch their way across the water field. The vortices are different sizes and are black. They are also pretty nasty to get clipped/shoved into (penalties abound in this sport). The action is frenetic, dirty, and entertaining.
I want the emblem to look fluid, giving the impression of flow/movement, perhaps arcing water. Ideally, and not just because I like the aesthetic, but it should be or fit well into a rough circular shape - some merchandise will be circular in nature, such as badges/coasters.
I'm not looking for something spoofy or cartoony.
I don't necessarily want the name 'Aquattrox' to appear, although a stylised letter A would be an interesting possibility as a centrepoint for the design to flow around. (At one point, I started tinkering with a design with the dolphin-like creature arcing up around the letter A, forming a stylised circle of sorts. Just an idea and certainly not a hard and fast one, although it does give the thing a central focus.
Although I didn't really want a preponderance of text (or necessarily any), I would perhaps consider The Official Aquattrox League used in some way if the design was pulling towards something like that. Certainly not necessary though, by any means.
Possible colours: blues, cobalt, petrel, silver, green, black. I would prefer to steer clear of reds/oranges, except for highlight/empahasis if need be. Am also fine for the logo to be black and white if it is powerful enough. These aren't set hard and fast and I welcome creativity.
No pink, brown, purple
If there *are* any typographical elements, then obviously no Papyrus, Comic Sans, Jokerman, etc. No uber-modern or spindly fonts, nothing illegible at smaller sizes. I like character, especially given the genre of the book, but nothing OTT or hard to read.
If the project goes well, I would like to work with the winner/others
on further designs for a few of the various Aquattrox teams.