Please reference the (very) rough logo design I've uploaded. This will show the exact layout I'm looking for.
I would like the logo designed around three theatre masks (see uploaded example for mask style / shape, actual size should be a bit larger), using gray as their outline, with a grayish-blue as their fill-in. I would also like the company name, Happyproof (in all caps, please), centered below the masks, with a similar gray outline and grayish-blue fill. I would like to stick with those colors, but different shades of blue or gray can be used to give better detail / effect. The logo will be used online, mostly against a white background.
As for the exact look of the logo, I would like to keep the three theatre masks separated from each other (no strings or connections), yet still allowing them to flow as if they were one, aligned in a sort of crescent / arc shape, a ring that isn't closed. The logo should appear as if you're looking at it straight-on, eye-level, like you're looking at the 'face' of a ring laying flat on a table, NOT as an actual circle from above, with the masks skewed to the left and right to create the illusion of an unclosed circle / ring (please see uploaded example, rough design). Each mask should be expressive, detailed, and unique.
As we are primarily concerned with independent video game developers and low-cost production, I'd like both the logo and company name to appear in a classic, '8-bit pixel art' style (see uploaded examples of the pixel style I'm looking for). If you lose detail, or if things get too muddled in using the pixel style, please try to make it as close as possible.
While I have a set idea for the logo's appearance in mind, it is not completely written in stone (to some extent). You are free to play with the style a bit, to see what works best. ---Please use classic video games / characters as your inspiration---. It should be a serious design, but something with a darker edge or look to it could also be attempted, as that is typically our design hook. Have at it. Creativity should be fun, right?