How to Create a Phoenix Logo

How to Create a Phoenix Logo

In this tutorial we are going to talk about the use of gradient in logo designing. We’ll use the phoenix as our base and create curves for feathers and add gradient to enhance the design. The amalgamation of gradients and shapes in a design can be tricky and results may differ, but with this tutorial we’ll help you to understand and use the combination of two smartly.

We are going to start by creating the body of phoenix then add in the feathers and play with the colors. The solid gradient body of the peacock adds cleanliness to the design. As for the color scheme, red along with orange and yellow in a gradient form for a design can never go wrong. Then we’ll just add text to complete the logo. 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 800 x 600px

Step 2

Use Ellipse Tool (L) from the tools panel to create a circle. Press hold Shift for a proper circle. This small circle will act as part of the feather for the phoenix body.

Step 3

Once again use the previous command for creating another circle above the one already existing. Remember to make this circle a little larger and press hold shift while drafting the circle. Then create another below the two circles already existing. Refer to images shown below for the placement of circles.

Step 4

Now select your entire design and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to create a single object.

Select the Shape Builder tool and then click and drag across the selected shapes to create one single object. Then remove the other unwanted remaining objects for a cleaner canvas. To delete an object, simply press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard.

Step 5

Complete your design by creating more feathers by copying the existing ones and scaling them using the Scale Tool (Press S) and rotating by selecting the corner vertex of selection and rotating it with mouse. Add more feathers below the existing one. I have added three more feathers. One side of each feather should align with each other.

Step 6

Now let’s complete the body of phoenix by creating more circles by copying the existing ones and scaling them using the Scale Tool (Press S). Add more circles between the existing ones to make the neck of peacock.

Then you may add two more big circles to complete the body the design as shown below. Remember all the circles should align. You may please refer to the images shown below for better understanding.

Step 7

Now select your entire design and select the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to create a single body.

Select the Shape Builder tool and then click and drag across the selected shapes to create one single object. Then remove the other unwanted remaining objects for a cleaner canvas. To delete an object, simply press Backspace or Delete on your keyboard.

Remember that your paths must be either aligned or overlapping for the Shape Builder tool to work.

Step 8

Let’s add a head feather to your phoenix. Use the Pen Tool (Press P) from the tool panel and create a small triangle shape for the beak.

Select the beak and body and use the Shape Builder tool (Shift + M) to merge the objects and make them one.

Step 9

We’re now going to generate our color palette.
This color palette is going to be minimal with just three colors. Light blue, blue and purple, with more emphasis on blue color.

Select the colors and add them to your color swatch as shown below.

Step 10

Our design and the color palette are ready. Now select all four of the feathers as well as the body, then select the Gradient Tool (G) and add color to your design. Try with darker shades on the top and gradually shift to the lighter tones.

Step 11

Your logo is almost complete. You just need to add text to the logo. Select the Text Tool (T) from the tool panel and type Phoenix on your keyboard. Align the text to the logo and choose the Goldoni font. Increase the size of text to whatever suits your style, I settled for 72 pt.

Conclusion

Our gradient phoenix 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!

Please go and check out my portfolio on Shutterstock guys!

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