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My process of making LDS temple icons…

This week, my project is to create a set of 12 themed icons. I spent a couple of day of looking up inspiration of what theme I want to do for this particular project. I wanted to create icons that will push my creativity and present me will various challenges, forcing me to be familiar with many of the basic tools in Adobe Illustrator. I wanted to do something that hasn’t been done before. I ended up with the idea of making temple icons.

Sketches & seeing everything in simple shapes.

I started with some sketches to get my mind going on ideas. Just a pencil and a sketch book.

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Sketches – bring ‘em in Adobe Illustrator.

It’s definitely a challenge to see things in simple shapes. Everything can be made up of simple shapes. Yes! Everything! To create an icon, I have to be able to see those shapes, simplify them and put them into digital sketches. My first sketch is of the Provo City Center Temple. I think that it’s unique design will present me some good challenges.

Here’s a few of my first digital sketches.

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I want to take this project to the next level and add a more details to my icon to give the temple more dimension. They’re all just shapes with different shades of color

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Refining process.

My Vector Graphics’ instructor, Cory Kerr gave me some feedback on these sketches about adding a thick outline to the overall icon. I did what he asked and then I continued making Rexburg Idaho temple and Manila Philippines temple with the same concept.

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Each of the temples above presents me with very different since they all are very different from each other. For Logan Temple and Salt Lake City temple, I wanted to pay closer attention to the details.Below is the outlines of my Salt Lake City Temple Icon

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Then, my instructor gave me an idea of zooming in to my full temple and create cool cropping icons of the details. So I did! Here’s are a few of my icons, zoomed in.

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Check out my pinterest pin of my illustration work here!

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