Medical Heart Icon | Tutorial | Illustration

The Medical Heart Icon Tutorial! This tutorial is a spin off the Medical Infographic tutorial that was done last year, i figured I would revisit the scene and create a unique icon to match. The graphic is flat design heart and the tutorial is mainly aimed at beginners. its a tad on the long side because of the explanation. I’ll tried to keep the length to a minimum in the future.

Licence: Creative Commons Share-Alike

Creative Commons Share Alike Licence

N.B. Remember to add to the two ‘f’s at the end of the hexadecimal values in Inkscape for the opacity values

#1e9a9e
#a1d4d5
#00527f
#f9b39a
#f78a63
#e14a1f
Medical Heart

Medical Heart Icon Written Breakdown

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool
Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool
Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool
Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 1

Hi, Firstly I created two circles using the Ellipse Tool. One of the Circles for the outer layer of the Medical Heart Icon, the other for the right inner valve. With the Dropper Tool {D} The outer valve was coloured: #F9B39A and the inner #F78A63

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Ellipse Tool

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Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 2

I created another circle using the Ellipse Tool and placed it to the top right of the main Medical Heart Icon circle. I then used the Dropper Tool {D} to colour it #F78A63

Next using the Bezier Tool {B} I drew a stroke to the left hand side of the heart to curve round the first major internal vessel. Then I opened the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box {CTRL + SHIFT + F} and navigated to the third tab entitled “stroke style”. With the Bezier Stroke I had created selected, I increased the stroke size too 120px. Lasty for this step I changed the stroke “cap” in the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box to “rounded”. And with the Dropper Tool and {SHIFT HELD} I selected the colour #F78A63

Inkscape Ellipse Circular Tool
Ellipse Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 3

Next I create another stroke with same credentials as the last 120px colour #  using the FILL AND STROKE {CTRL + SHIFT + F} Dialogue Box and the Dropper Tool {D}. I then used the node Tools to bend the new stroke to the left of the first with the starting point of the second stroke in the same spot (i.e. as a pivot) whilst bending the top.

 

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

 

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 5

Then using the Ellipse Tool I created another circle to the left of the Main Medical Heart Icon that essentially joined the two strokes together at the top. Making sure new stroke did not overstep the main heart circles boundaries. The using the Dropper Tool {D} I changed the colour to #F78A63

Inkscape Ellipse Circular Tool
Ellipse Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 6

Next I duplicated the top circle on the left of the main area of the Medical Heart Icon. Then with {CTRL + SHIFT+ LEFT-CLICK HELD} and the new duplicated circle selected I scaled the circle up to border the first. With the Dropper Tool {D} I coloured the duplicated circle #F9B39A   and dropped the circle behind the first circle, using the layer order control buttons in the Tool Control Box Area.

For the next step I choose the Bezier Tool. {B} with “Spiro” and the “Triangle In” selected from the drop down list in the Tool Control Box area. Then I created the curve up to the intersection of the circle and the first stroke that was created in the second step of this tutorial. Lastly look for the purple node on the stroke. Once you see it {LEFT -CLICK } and drag outwards, this activates the “Power Stroke”. Pull the stroke to the desired size. Then you can use the Dropper Tool and colour the stroke #F9B39A

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 7

For the next step I created a rectangle and rounded the edges like that seen in the above screen shot with the circle nodes located in the top right of the shape. Then I used the Dropper Tool {D} to colour the shape a flesh pink #F9B39A

I then duplicated {CTRL + D} the rectangle, {HOLDING CTRL + SHIFT + LEFT-CLICK} drag and scale the duplicated shape till it forms a half and inch border around the original circle. Then I selected the Dropper Tool {D} from the Tool Box area and coloured it a deeper Flesh pink #F78A63

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 8

Once the two rectangles are joined to the main heart Icon we can move into creating the main blood vessels. Selecting the Bezier Tool {B}  and draw an upside down “U” curved stroke. Make sure that to two end nodes of the stroke touch the main Medical Heart Icon.

With the stroke selected go to the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box, navigate to the third tab entitled “Stroke Style”  and change the stroke to “80px” Then {HOLDING SHIFT} Whilst the Dropper Tool is selected {D} Select the colour red #C7411C

Perpendicular to  the upside-down “U” stroke, select the Bezier Tool {B}. Draw a straight {HOLD CTRL While drawing the Bezier} stroke to cut the “U” shaped Blood Vessel. Lastly for this step you should navigate to the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box and open the third tab “Stroke Style” set the stroke to 80px. Then fill  the stroke with colour in the second tab, with the colour #E14A1F

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Inkscape Medical Heat Screen 9

Next with the Bezier Tool draw a line through the center of the “U” (vertically) shaped stroke. {HOLD  CTRL} Whilst drawing to get a straight line. Then you can {HOLD SHIFT}  select the “U” shaped stroke made earlier, Go to FILE MENU ->  PATH -> CUTPATH.

Once cut  you will get two path line segments. Select the one on the right-hand-side and drop it below the MAIN HEART ICON using the Layer order tools in the Tool Control Box area. This will make it appear that the horizontal stroke is going “through the main  blood vessel.

Next Select the Bezier tool and draw a diagonal strong from the horizontal Blood Vessel to the MAIN HEART ICON. I {HOLD CTRL} whilst drawing to make the segment straight. Then head to the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box go to the third Tab entitled “Stroke Style” and increase the stroke style to 70px. Colour this one the same colour as the  Main Horizontal Blood Vessel.

Then using the Bezier Tool I created a semi circle-like shape to “cut” the stroke that leads from the horizontal blood vessel to the Heart. {HOLDING SHIFT} I selected both shapes and then went to. FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE. This cut will make it look like the Blood Vessel is coming from the HEART.

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

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Next I created two parallel lines adjacent and bellow to the the main horizontal Blood Vessel Stroke. Using the Bezier Tool and {HOLDING CTRL} to keep the lines straight. The line furthest aways from the Main Horizontal Blood Vessel, is the smallest. Both Strokes was placed behind the HEART and the other Blood Vessels, using the Layer Order Buttons found in the Tool Control Box area.

With the Dropper Tool colour the first one # and the second one #C7411C

Then create one more stroke leading from the left top rounder rectangular shape we created earlier, leading out to the Main Horizontal blood Vessel. Go to the FILL AND STROKE Dialogue Box and increase the stroke to 120px. Use the Dropper Tool {D} to colour the stroke red #E14A1F

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

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Lastly using the ellipse tool I created one circle {HOLDING SHIFT+CTRL}+LEFT-CLICK While holding a scale arrow to get a perfectly proportioned circle. Then using the select tool, grab the top and bottom scale arrows {HOLD SHIFT} and scale downwards until you get a “disk”  shape. Place the disk over the newly formed stroke from last step, and scale the circle down {HOLDING SHIFT+CTRL} until the circle covers the strokes top, as seen in the screenshot.

Following that duplicate the circle while {HOLDING CTRL+SHIFT + LEFT-CLICK} and scale inwards to get a smaller circle thus creating a tube effect. Then use the dropper Tool to colour the inner circle #F9B39A and the outer circle #F78A63

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Selection Tool

Inkscape Ellipse Circular Tool
Ellipse Tool

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Colour Dropper Tool