The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Services recently created a house system—kind of like the one used by everyone’s favorite school of wizardry! As part of an effort to promote their wellness, students are grouped into four houses, each named for an important figure in the history of veterinary medicine. Each house has its own crest featuring an animal native to Oklahoma. I was commissioned to illustrate the wildlife. Designer Benton Rudd created the final crest graphics.
I started with black and white images of the animals in a woodcut-styled approach.
Each house has its own color. I've shown the animals in their house colors below.
The color images were placed in the final crest designs. The crests are shown below over a variety of background colors.