Softly Blanketing Your Logo in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques by Deke McClelland

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke riffs of last week’s "wrapped" logo and creates a more softly "blanketed" version in Adobe Illustrator.

He once again begins with a grid and a foundational set of stripes:

A softly blanketed Z logo in Adobe Illustrator

Next he builds a custom letter Z, using the same grid that guided the stripes:

A big Z to serve as a blanketed logo object

And then, in that way that Deke’s art + math mind works, he duplicates, reflects, joins, and deletes as necessary to create the facade of the artwork:

Breaking up the stripes

And last, curved line segment attach all the components and render the soft volumetric blanketing effect:

Adding curved segments gives the illusion of volume

If you’re a member of or LinkedIn Learning, you can check out this week’s exclusive movie in which Deke finishes up this project with the trickier curves necessary to gently envelop the center of the Z.

Deke’s Techniques, blanketing you in precisely calculated Illustrator knowledge. 


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