Sketchbook Element branding

For the past few months I've wanted to create a stronger identity for my website and my work. An exercise in branding was called for so I set to work. I wanted something that identifies with how I work, and wanted to keep the 'Sketchbook' feel to my logo. I tinkered away during my free time, sought advice from another designer whose opinion I trust and thought about I wanted the logo to reflect part of my personality. I don't consider a designers designer and I'm fine with that, but that doesn't mean I want any of my work to look shabby. I feel that if my latest piece of work is not an improvement in some fashion from my last, I've let myself down. 

I've put up some of the images I worked on  while creating the logo. From my side, I'm happy with the end result.

I had the idea of combining the periodic table style box with sketchbook of pencil illustrations. Not anything too rigid. It wasn't doing it for me though.

I had the idea of combining the periodic table style box with sketchbook of pencil illustrations. Not anything too rigid. It wasn't doing it for me though.

A more hand-written style was an improvement, combining it with a 'rip'. 

A more hand-written style was an improvement, combining it with a 'rip'. 

This was getting closer. I asked for a bit of advice at this stage. I like the hand-written style, but it wasn't edgy enough. Not quite.

This was getting closer. I asked for a bit of advice at this stage. I like the hand-written style, but it wasn't edgy enough. Not quite.

The end result.

This is the end result. I thickened/tidied up the ink splashes. I also added in a little image from a photo of myself. I've used the dot in my site. I think it re-enforces that I'm a one man band, and that I feel sometimes isolated because of this.