Each icon starts its life with a pencil sketch on piece of paper. I couldn’t imagine it any other way. This is the time to try out different ideas, find the right look and connect to the roots of creating things.
It’s also excellent proof that you don’t need much to create something. Just a pencil, a piece of paper and little determination.
Inking icons on tracing paper helps to determine the appropriate thickness of the lines. Using lines with different thickness creates the appropriate hierarchy.
Thick elements make the basis of the icon, while thin lines are used for detail.
Vectorisation process is as much important. And just like in previous steps it’s all done by hand. Yes It’s a lot of work, but doing it oldschool give full controll of how the icon looks in the end.
If there were belts for using Illustrator’s Pen Tool I would own the black one.