I think this process is interesting, so I thought I’d publish an example for people to view.
Since I love illustration, I’m always looking for ways to do more of it. I recently had a request for an icon design that will also be also be used as a logo. I do lots of work with new businesses, so I’m not always at liberty to say who the client is, as in this case.
The client wanted an icon of a bloodhound. So of course I started with a line drawing of an actual bloodhound. After I had done the initial illustration, I went through the process of simplifying. Icons are really just representations of an object in it’s most simple form. The challenge is to maintain the integrity of the subject matter, so at the end of the process it’s still recognizable.