Designing the RetroZap New Logo: RetroZap Artist Series

by James Volpe

Retrozap has officially been around for three years and to celebrate, a new logo from artist James Volpe. Read on to see how it was designed.

As a listener of Star Wars podcasts I have found a lot of shows to choose from on the internet. It was back In 2014 I  became a fan of Brews and Blasters and was then introduced to the Retrozap! website, where I found so many great shows. I have done a lot of pieces for shows on the network including Brews and Blasters, Dorklair, Warp Trails, and The Sandcrawler, but it was the Retrozap! logo that was on the back burner for the longest time.

Retrozap! Old SkoolFinally it was decided it was time for a change. Joe Tavano and I went back and forth on ideas for a facelift on the logo awhile until we finally agreed on a new concept. He wanted the new logo to be retro but newer than 1950s sci-fi. I was referred to pictures of Battle Star Galactica and Lazer Tag guns and the Sega Light Phaser based off the gun from the anime Zillion.

Retrozap! Inspiration

I took elements from each of these guns to create a hybrid. Here is the new Retrozap! logo:

Retrozap! New Logo


I started the new logo with a few pencil sketch ideas to come up with the concept. Retrozap! Gun Sketches

Then I scanned it in to my computer at 300dpi.

Retrozap! Gun

From there I used Photoshop to clean up my drawing. First, I remove the background from my drawing and then clean up the lines. Next, I used the blur filter to smooth out the lines before taking it to the vector art stage. Lastly, I converted the drawing to just black color with no shading.

Then I traced my drawing in Illustrator to create editable artwork. I sent the artwork to Joe where he experimented with fonts and placement.

I had a great time working on this new logo. Hope you enjoy it too!

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