I tackled what I thought was going to be a much more simple task. Taking a Starcraft 1 arbiter and making a Twitch icon out of it for a well known Starcraft 2 player. Being that the Starcraft assets where already quite small, I assumed that resizing it a little smaller wouldn’t be to bad an approach.
To be honest it wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t satisfied with the muddy result, so I decided to do a rough redraw of the image to simplify it a bit, This was it stand out a bit more when sized down.
As a final pass I tried a Chibi version of the unit. I find that doing chibi versions of characters and objects forces you to bring out the most important design choices that make the subject identifiable. The result I felt comes across fairly well, but using it is a matter of taste. Using Chibi assets in any design will push it toward a bit more of a cute esthetic.