For a long time, I always wanting to make my own icon for anthronic.com, several way already been tried before, but the result is never satisfying and I most likely always ended up copying and sometime modifying apple's iconic icons instead of my own. Last week I decided that if I want to create an icon I must go back to the most basic feel of icon making that I know best, drawing it by hand. From that point the rest is suprisingly kinda feel easier.
In this article, I will try to describe the process of my own icon -from hand drawing to vector image- to you all, keep reading after the break!
It start with hands and notebook baby!
Came from strong basic-hand-drawing art (I said strong, not good) and wandering around in vector world lately, I always find its awkward to make a conceptual design straight to digital canvas using a mouse. Of course all this time, I made logos and several other thing using pure computer, but for conceptual design, I much prefer using my hand.
And for me the most convenient place for all the drawing is of course my notebook, my good ol line grid that I used for almost everything
What you represent
The next thing I do is to gather all unique trait about anthronic.com that I can found out at that moment, some of them are; Design | outsider | ITB | tips and trick | life and so on
start sketching and stop talking
After I know what my concept is, I start making some sketch/drawing base on those traits.
Vectoring the sketch
After satisfied with the icon drawing concept, I move on to make the vector version of the same drawing using CorelDraw 13 as my tool of choice. Of course you can use other tool for icon vector creation, it just that I used CorelDraw all my life that I cannot used other vector application as fluently as CorelDraw
I'm going to used perspective feature of CorelDraw heavily for today icon, so the first thing to do is to make 2D version of the icons, view from top side for better 3D making
I'm not going to say that this is the best icon in the world, but being my first full blown 3D shape icon, I think I'm kinda nailed it nicely. Of course I still have much to learn about icon design, but I think this icon design is a fresh new idea for me and worth a more deep exploration.
So that's it folk, my step of creating icon, began with hand drawing and end in vector image. Hopefully you can grab some basic understanding of what I did, and see you in other tips and trick in anthronic.com