How to Create a Line art Knight Logo

How to Create a Line art Knight Logo

The popular trend of the decade has been line art style of logos. They feature simple illustrations to produce a minimal design. This style is popularly used in different brands and company to convey the message to their clients. In this tutorial I’ll take you through the process of creating your own line art knight logo. I can assure you that line art style is one of the easiest logo styles to learn.

Logo designing is not always only about the logo. You need to think about how well the logo will be incorporated into your brand. A line art logo with a traditional font will add sophistication and maturity to the brand. 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!

Step 1

First, we create a new document (cmd+N or ctrl+N) in Adobe Illustrator with an artboard size of 600 x 600px

Step 2

Now for the purpose of this logo and to get the shape of a knight right, I’ll be tracing an image of the knight. 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.

Step 3

Use the Pen Tool (P) from the tool panel and start tracing. I started with the horse head by click the mouse and creating curves along the way. Once I reached the bottom, I decided to end the design with a normal straight stand. Please refer to the images to get an idea of what I’m trying explain.

Step 4

Complete your design by tracing the remaining knight. I divided the remaining design into two parts. The face and the body. Remember that paths should align and whenever a gap is given between two paths it is intentional and has aesthetical purposes.

Step 5

Go ahead and create the eye of the knight. I traced the existing one and changed its position and placed it above the original eye. Again, remember this is your design and you are allowed to play around with the shapes and design.

Step 6

Our tracing process is complete. But once it was complete, I felt like something was missing and the space in between was too vacant.

I used the pen tool again and created two straight lines on the right side of the body. The end of each path overlaps the path of the body as shown below. This little detail was just added to make the design more pleasing.

Step 7

Now that our design is complete, lets get rid of the image. Select the knight image on your artboard and then press Delete or Backspace on your keyboard.

Step 8

To convert the entire design into a vector not a path, first select all the paths. Go to Object > Path > Outline Stroke. This option will convert any path into an object so that whenever you resize the logo you don’t need to adjust the size of your path as well.

Step 9

The last step is to add background. I’ll add a simple slight neutral color background to the logo. Now to Rectangle Tool (M) on the tool panel and create a square the size of the artboard. Press shift to create a square and not a rectangle.

Then Click Right > Arrange > Send to Back. This option will send square in the back and your logo will be visible.

Conclusion

Our line art logo is complete! The single line art helps us achieve the minimal look and the neutral palette adds to its modern and sophisticated feel. 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!

Please go and check out my portfolio on Shutterstock guys!

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