I’m not much of a football guy, but being a Cleveland native and a northeast Ohio resident — lots of people I know are. After poking around to see what kind of illustrations and artwork was out there for Browns fans, I was kind of disappointed to see some pretty weak “dog pound” designs.
That of course inspired me to create my own. I couldn’t tell you how the Browns Stadium “Dog Pound” got it’s name, but an aggressive dog makes for a great character for t-shirts.
I recall thinking that the biggest drawback to football mascots it having them wear a helmet since it obscures the head & face of the character. The Cleveland Browns currently have no official mascot, just the orange and brown helmet and colors. But with the unofficial fan-created “Dog Pound”, I found inspiration — just make the dog’s fur as if it were colored like the Browns helmet. Thus, the design was born.
Sports artwork doesn’t do much if fans can’t wear it to the game (or at least to tailgate parties), so of course this design was intended for t-shirts and other merchandise from the beginning.
Check out the Dawg Pound t-shirts, and be sure to visit the “Dawg Pound” store for more products! Great for all you Brownies and Browns Backers out there.