Line art logos are a popular trend since the last decade. They feature simple illustrations to produce a minimal design. In this tutorial I’ll take you through the process of creating your own line art bird logo. I can assure you that line art style is one of the easiest logo styles to learn. When working with line art style I tend to keep my color palette minimal and effective. The color scheme usually involves a combination of solid accent color along with neutrals. You may find additional inspiration by searching on Vlemonn.
Let’s get started!
First, we create a new document (cmd+N or ctrl+N) in Adobe Illustrator with an artboard size of 600 x 600px
Now for the purpose of this logo and to get the shape of a bird right, I’ll be tracing an image of the bird. Our design will not be same as the image but the image will help us in the basic shape designing. You can search the image on google and settle with the one you find suits your design the most. Now open the Image in Illustrator and bring it the artboard.
Use the Pen Tool (P) from the tool panel and start tracing. I started with the bird head by click the mouse and creating curves along the way. Then went in for the bird beak by tracing the image. I completed the trace with minimal curves. Please refer to the images to get an idea of what I’m trying explain.
Now for the bird wings I worked around a straight line because the flying wing was not the look I was going for. I wanted it to be more settled bird. Thus, with the help of pen tool I create a half circle shape for the wing.
Then I used the Ellipse Tool (L) from the tool panel and created a basic circle while pressing Shift on the keyboard. Align the circle to the bird as shown below.
After this I got rid of the image to trace because I wanted the remaining body to be shaped in a different way than shown in the image. I basically wanted that the tail has a beautiful curve and was facing in front instead of the back of the body.
Go ahead and complete the body of the bird. I roughly worked around the circle and added a tail to the body of the bird. It is hard to explain the shape so please refer to the image shown below for reference.
Now select the newly created body and the circle shape we created previously and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to create a combined object. Click on the area where the two shapes are overlapping and then delete the unwanted remaining objects.
Now just select the wing object and Click Right > Arrange > Bring to Front. Once your wing is visible, click the shape builder tool and then click on the part where wing and body meet and merge it with the wing by dragging your mouse as shown below.
Now that our design is complete, lets convert it into a line art design. Use the Swap Fill and Stroke (Shift X) this function converts the black fill into a stroke. Then get rid of the big circle.
Then use the ellipse tool and create a small circle on the head of the bird, this will act as an eye of the bird
Lets just add few more objects to the design which we will fill with color to add to the aesthetics of the logo. Use the pen tool and create objects on the line of the bird. I created three objects, one on the beak, one of the wings and one on the tail. Please refer to the image shown below on where and how to shape these objects.
The last step is to generate our color palette. Draw circles with fills of the colors you’re going to use for the different parts of the design. Now you can use the colors and add them to the Swatch panel by selecting them and clicking on the New Color Group button.
Once this done select the objects we created in the last step and fill them with different colors.
Our line art logo is complete! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you do follow this tutorial and create your own logo, please post it in the comments so we can see your result. Thankyou fellow designers!
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