Create Simple Line Art Designs with Inkscape

Create Simple Line Art Designs with Inkscape 800 470 Nick Saporito

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to create simple vector line art designs that could work great for t shirt designs, logos, monograms, and more. This tutorial specifically will be utilizing a sunny mountain landscape with pine trees as an example, but you can use this lesson to create any other type of design you’d like.

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The following is just a brief overview of the steps taken to create this design. For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial at the top of the page.

Inkscape Line Art Designs

We’ll be constructing the entire design from strokes and utilizing the cut path and combine features a lot throughout this tutorial. We’ll be working with a consistent stroke size of 5 px throughout this tutorial.

That said, the first steps will be to create 3 of the elements individually — the circle that will be used as the emblem for the entire design, the sun, and the mountain.

Step 1

Then we’ll center them up and use the cut path feature to slice off the pieces that need to be removed.

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Step 2

Next we’ll create some individual lines to be used at the foreground — in this instance, a lake or some body of water.

Step 3

Once again we’ll use the cut path feature to slice off the ends of the lines that stick out from the circle, as well as the circle itself where it intersects with the lines.

Step 4

Now we’ll create some random rectangles to place over segments of the lines. We’ll be using those to break up the lines a bit.

Step 5

Once broken up, the lines will give the appearance of moving water.

Step 6

Now we’ll create a couple of simple pine trees to complement the design.

Step 7

The pine trees will be placed at both side of the design. They make for a nice accent piece that adds a bit more depth to the overall design.

Step 8

Now we’ll wrap some text around the top of the circle as a finishing touch.

Step 9

And with that the design is complete! You can color it in however you’d like. Just make sure to convert the strokes to paths once you’re finished, as I did in the video tutorial.

Finished design

If you have any questions simply leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

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Nick Saporito

Nick Saporito is a Philadelphia-based graphic designer who specializes in branding-specific design. A full portfolio and information regarding services offered can be found at LogosByNick.com.

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    • Constance Reber

      Should you purchase the teaching materials? I joined Nick’s ‘Inkscape Master Class’ about a week ago. But decades ago, I used his time-honored methodology to assist doctors (throughout the USA) in becoming proficient users of the world’s newest cutting-edge medical laser technology. With an unheard of learning curve of ~3 months (vs 30 minutes for a C02) multiple visits where built into the $150K machine’s value/ mortgage. Initially, I could either ‘wow’ with my sleek techniques or I could focus on both theory and interactive ‘button-ology’. I have been ‘wowed’ by oodles of online design presenters who too often left me with disjointed and hard-to-remember information. Even with A.D.D. and dyslexia, I enjoy learning new skills. Teach me the basics plus those quirky tool workarounds FIRST. Then, when I am grounded, I will be receptive to being ‘blown away’ by the inspirations of a master. Sidebar, I was not asked to write this review nor was compensation offered. So why am I willing to repost on additional landing pages if (this designer) requests? Because we humans are innately imprinted with a desire to express gratitude when we receive an unexpected gift. The Inkscape Master’s Coarse is ridiculously inexpensive and the value is top drawer. I am about 20% through my first viewing and have already returned to sections as new questions come to mind. I have never had a design professional at Nick’s level respond to class forum questions in such a timely, transparent and knowledge-based fashion. To be clear, my limited experience with this instructor is via (his) recently discovered (by me) Youtube.com videos, the Master’s Class program including student forums and the comment sections on his free vids. I hope this aids in determining if his lesson plans are a good fit for you.Those who are highly proficient in the use of Inkscape and/or GIMP may lean towards an ‘inspiration specific’ venue. For the rest of us (pardon my retro) “This is The Bomb!” Cheers, Constance (retired RN, educator and ‘chemo-brain’ lifetime club member).

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