Greetings, and welcome to the
State of Spongie
We have been working on getting a new vector art version of Spongie, mostly behind-the-scenes. This is due to a lack of quality versions of the original, and a desire to show the Sponge project independent of other modding works.
The original Spongie is a fine work, and encompasses many of the features that helped to draw the Sponge project together in the first place. Spongie carries a Cauldron, a Spigot, and has a Bukkit on their head. They look determined, valiant, cute, and slightly crazy. Indomitable little Spongie was fighting back against the loss of all we had loved in Craftbukkit and related projects.
A later version grew a moogle antenna to replace the Bukkit, and the Spigot became a Spout. This is where we got to the problems.
References to other projects are nice, but don’t allow Sponge (and Spongie) to stand alone. Sponge’s developers acknowledge and are deeply grateful for all the assistance from former and current developers of Bukkit, Craftbukkit, Cauldron, Spigot, Spout, Glowstone, and more. We no longer need to have the Sponge Mascot festooned with the Logos of other projects. It makes it all look very confusing to an outsider unfamiliar with the history, and may bring unwanted connotations to Sponge and/or the other referenced projects.
So we’ve been through a few pages of draft attempts, and engaged a graphic artist to rebuild Spongie. Two vector versions exist so far, based on limited feedback from ten preliminary sketches. These are available for perusal as jpg versions below, which were first shown to the public during State of Sponge II.
We still plan on refining the latter version, as it seems to have some acceptance. However, if anyone else wants to try their hand at drafting up their own vector art for Spongie, post it here. If we can find something that is generally accepted by the community, we can go with that (pending veto by the overlords…).