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Weekend doodle #1 using the shape tool with circles

My focus was to improve my understanding of the shape tool and use only circles with equal axes.

About my doodles

Weekend doodles are my attempt to improve my illustration skills both on the creative front and the technical side of Adobe Illustrator. All doodles are created on the computer start to finish.

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First tablet/pen doodle

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Designing My Logo

I spent the last few days playing with logo concepts in Adobe Illustrator; in lieu of writing on the blog. I came up with several concepts that gradually led to a logo I’m very happy with. I’ll briefly walk you through the major logo concepts I created.

It’s important to understand that I didn’t just come up with these ideas out of thin air. Each step and idea led me to the next.

The first ideas you’ll see revolve around another personal domain of mine where Lewis was the only part of the domain name that was a personal identifier. Designing a logo for this first domain, my online identity, showed me that branding myself under the domain wasn’t the right path.

early-concepts

My approach above was to utilize the first letter of my last name in the design. I ultimately moved past these concepts because I felt my identity was lacking. It also convinced me that I needed a new domain.

After I purchased this domain, I started playing with my initials. The next image shows a logo concept using basic squares. Once I could see the possibilities, I refined the concept so that I could visualize it better.

second-third-concepts

Once I was able to visualize the idea above, I started toying with the D because I felt it was too boxy. Once I rounded the D below, I realized it might look good using negative space.

final-concepts

I watched a fair bit of TV when I was younger and one of my favorite channels was USA. I think I like the results of my logo conquest because it reminds me of the USA logo. More importantly, it represents me. You can see the final version below.

markdlewis_com-logo

My next task for this website is to create a header using the new logo. Hope you like it. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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My Workflow in Adobe Illustrator

One of my first creative interests was drawing. I would look at Disney characters in books and then try to draw them myself. I wasn’t great, but I wasn’t bad either. I actually came across some of the characters I drew not too long ago and was impressed by my younger self. I also really enjoyed it.

I still like to express my creativity today. Not having the use of my hands makes drawing less fun with a paper and pencil. Nowadays, I enjoy opening up Adobe Illustrator. I always see advice on the Internet about getting your ideas down on paper with a pencil first. It’s a boring argument for me.

Starting your design in Adobe Illustrator isn’t easier, but my choices are limited. One trick that I have been doing is a trick that I Just saw mentioned by Aaron Draplin in his Skillshare video Aaron Draplin on Working Efficiently and Illustrator – Vectors Are Free. A short video with great advice.

The idea is that you duplicate your work after each change. It gives a visual reference to previous ideas and allows you to go back and start again from a previous iteration. He does a good job of showing this approach in the video.

For me, I have found that this approach helps replace the, “jot it down with paper and pencil first,” advice preached by so many gurus.