I want to tell you guys something that has me pretty hyped up and in spite of it being just an approach and something minor, I'll risk jynxing it, because I want to share it with you guys, who've been a part of this. Sorry for the long post, hahaha.
Some weeks ago, I re-took my kitmaking habits, that had been a bit on hold for a few months. It was thanks to @KB, and his Parma save, that I remembered how much I liked the older Parma kits, and as he posted a pic of Parma's 2000-2001 kit, I started searching for the actual kit I remembered liking and in the end it was the 1998-99 kit set.
And I went for it, trying to mimic the smallest detail of the kits, which wasn't easy, as the kits' design is quite intricate, but I ended up being blown over with the results.
I was sooooo happy, that I decided to post them on twitter immediately, even before KB saw them. I tagged in the post a few well-followed twitter FMers who had requested kits from me in the past, and included a bit of an open invitation, if anyone wanted me to re-create a historic kit, just let me know, gimmie some good pictures and I'll do it.
The tweet ended up having some decent activity (around 7 RT's and 13 likes, plus a few responses) and I started getting requests. It took me some time to fullfill the first as I've been quite busy at work, but ended up doing a St. Pauli kit, from 2011-12, and again, results were pretty great (despite not being a direct copy, as the template didn't allow it).
Again, a lot of activity in the tweet that published them (in this case it was published by the requester), a couple of RT's and 10-15 likes. So I went in for a third kit, this time a bit harder, as I only had a concept, because it was a sixties kit, from Racing, the year they won the Club World Cup, I think.
Woof, that freaking pocket for the logo had me working for a few hours, hahaha. Once again, the requester posted them, and some activity and buzz generated more requests, and again I've been busy, so I've only managed to do a couple of them (with around 7 or 8 more in my inbox waiting). The first, another Serie A glory days kit, from Fiorentina, in the same season the Parma kits from above, 1998-99.
Well, the second request I've managed to do, came in a few days ago, and rocked my world a bit. One of the kit sets above I honestly don't know what exactly, ended up in a twitter feed and, the marketing rep of a real-life National Premier Soccer League (the unofficial fourth tier of the U.S. pyramid) club approached me to design a new kit he wanted to show the owner of the club (which I'll reserve until tomorrow, when the rep and the owner meet), to see whether the brand that makes their kits would make it. Yes, you read it right, I might end up designing a real-life shirt.
Well, I did it, and sent it to the rep who loved both designs I made. Tomorrow he'll show them to the owner of the team and after the meeting, I'm free to post it on social media and in here. If the owner likes it, they'll show it to the brand that makes their kits.
Sorry for the block of text and images, but I wanted to post this as a thank you to the community, who have been incredibly supportive of my work, back from The Dugout days, I know I'll forget someone, but @dalenichol, @Nick, @Robson, @Justin, @TTGB, @Kush, @Rico, @Pretecf, @reiver (continued on next post, stupid cunt of a forum only allows 10 mentions per post), plus more guys back from TD who are not here and more I'm sure forgetting (sorry), thanks guys, for the support, for the trust, for the encouragement. This is a terrific community and even though it might turn up being nothing, I feel like I already made it, hahahaha. Cheers!