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How to Create Star Wars Icons in Line Art Style

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Icon Design/ Comments: 0

In this tutorial I will describe the process of creating a Star Wars icons in a Line Art style in Adobe Illustrator. Our vector assistants are MirrorMe, VectorScribe and ColliderScribe; they will make the work more convenient and quick.

"The Force will be with you. Always" – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Chewbacca icon

Most of the icons that we will create today are symmetrical relating to the vertical axis, and in these cases it is convenient to use MirrorMe. We take this tool and in the opened panel establish one axis and an angle of 90 degrees.

Click on the artboard and in the resulting annotation choose Apply to Layer. This mode allows you to create mirror copies of objects in the drawing process.

Now, with the help of the Pen Tool or InkScribe Tool, create the hair on Chewbacca's head. Using MirrorMe, we halve the number of paths created, and in addition, we see the entire character. This is very important for the rapid formation of the image and eliminates the need to correct unsuccessful actions. Such errors are inevitable if you create only half of Chewbacca's face, and then reflect objects using the Reflect Tool.

Next, create the eye and half of the mouth.

In the process of creating linear icons it is convenient to use the Extend Path Tool of the VectorScribe plug-in. This tool allows you to extend existing paths according to the previously installed modes in the dialog box. This is Single Bezier, Constant Radius, Straight and Spiral.

Also, the Extend Path Tool allows you to trim the paths.

Click on Remove Axes in the MirrorMe panel button, then create two vertical lines, as shown in the picture below.

Create a nose in the shape of a triangle, then round it's corners with the help of the Dynamic Corners Tool (VectorScribe).

Yoda icon

Set the symmetry axis with MirrorMe, select the Apply to Layer option, and then draw the upper part of the Yoda head.

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