Turtle Outside Outline Icon | Tutorial | Inkscape

The Turtle Outside Outline Rhyming Icon Design! This is my first tutorial on outline/line/stroke Icon design, and we choose a turtle. This is a great simplistic graphic design style that work across nearly all information design scenarios. This style of design also adheres to the simplistic detracting nature icon design is supposed to have. In this tutorial we cover path manipulation and boolean operators/ editors.

Licence: Creative Commons Share-alike

Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
Creative Commons Share Alike Licence
Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 1
#555555
Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 2
#2eaf4e
Inkscape Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 2
#33c156
Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 4
#ffe274
Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 5
#a3f1e0
Turtle Outside Outline Icon Colour 6
#12e9f2
Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool
Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool
Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool
Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

Firstly we’ll create a rectangle using the Rectangle Tool. Then we’ll round the edges of the shape using the circle node whilst {HOLDING CTRL} to get a perfectly rounded shape. {RIGHT CLICK} on the shape and select “Remove Fill”. Then using the Dropper Tool and {SHIFT}. Select the gray Colour from the palette #555555.

Then Navigate to -> FILE MENU -> OBJECTS -> FILL AND STROKE. In the menu go to the tab “Stroke style” and then change the stroke to “30px”

Using the Bezier Tool draw a straight line cutting the the shape horizontally 1/3 from the top of the rounded rectangle.

Lastly we will select both paths and we’ll navigate to FILE MENU-> PATH -> CUT PATH.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool

Delete the top third of the shape. Then you can select 3 bottom nodes as seen in the “Turtle Outside Outline Icon Screen Shot 2” and pull holding {CTRL} to the left of the screen (Your left).

Until you get a shape that looks like the above.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

 

 

 

Duplicate the newly formed shape (the first foot). Invert the foot on the horizontal axis. The invert can be found in the Tool Control Box area with the Select Tool selected.

We’ll {HOLD CTRL} and with move the food in the opposite direction as the first.

Then we will create another rounded rectangle and place it at the top of the two feet as seen in “Turtle Outside Outline Icon Screen Shot  3”

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool

 

 

 

 

Using the Ellipse/Circle Tool next we create the top “dome” “shell” of our turtle. {HOLD CTRL+SHIFT} Whilst scaling the circle up until toy get a comfortable size similar to the above screen shot.

Then draw a line using the Bezier Tool where the shell meets the rounded rectangle we created in the previous step. Lastly with the new line and the semi circle selected navigate to the FILE MENU-> PATH -> CUT PATH.

Delete the bottom path and use top path as you shell.

Using the Rectangle/Oblong Tool create two boxes that fit in the turtles shell as evenly as possible.

Inkscape Oblong/Rectangle Tool
Oblong/Rectangle Tool

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

 

 

 

 

Next we’ll activate the Node Tool and select the top two nodes of the first box. Then we’ll navigate to the Tools Control Box and select the option “Delete Segment Between Two Nodes” Repeat for the bottom rectangle but instead of the top two nodes select the bottom two.

Then making sure that “Show Transformational Handles for Selected Nodes” is activated select the top 2 nodes for the first box. Look for the transformation side handles {HOLD CTRL} and drag out the two nodes till the path looks like the above screen-shot.  Repeat for the bottom square.

Next we move on to the tail. For the tail create two circles and lower the stroke size to 5px’s so we can see where we are cutting. Place the two circles like you seen in the above screen shot making sure that the circle furthest away from the turtle is on top.

With both selected navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE.

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

 

 

 

 

For the resultant shape from the last step, trim the tail down until it fits neatly on the back of the shell. Then increase the stroke size from the Fill and Stroke Dialogue Box to “30px” again.

Using the Ellipse/Circle Tool create 3 perfect circles {HOLDING SHIFT + CTRL} while scaling the shape up. Then we’ll place all 3 in the same position that you see in the screenshot above.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

For the next step make sure that largest circle is highest in the layer hierachy or step. It may be helpful for you to use the same colours as I am using in this tutorial so that you can follow along easier. First we’ll select the two biggest circles. Then we’ll Navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> DIFFERENCE. This will leave us with a crescent shape, this will be out neck.

Next we select the Bezier Tool and draw a line to cut through the middle of the smaller circle. You can use the alignment tool {CTRL + SHIFT + A} Or FILE MENU -> OBJECT 0> ALIGN and DISTRIBUTION, to help you out.

Next with both selected navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH -> CUT PATH. Remove the lower path and you should be left with something that looks like the above screenshot.

For this step we’ll extend the line of the head (semi -circle) so that the chin meets the neck. To do this we’ll first select the Nodes Tool select the head  and then active the Bezier Tool  and join the chin to the neck with one straight line.

Then we’ll use the Bezier Tool again. to create a new line to cut the neck following the chin line we made early. Select both the new line and the neck and navigate to FILE MENU -> PATH  -> CUT PATH and remove the top path segment.

For our next step, we will select the two end nodes of the semi circle and the neck. Then select in the Tools Control Box and choose “Join Select Nodes “. Finally with the new shape selected increase the stroke size to “30px”.

Inkscape Bezier Tool
Bezier Tool

Inkscape Nodes Tool
Nodes Tool

Then we will finish the head with an eye. Using the Ellipse/Circle Tool create an eye.

Inkscape Ellipse/Circle Tool
Ellipse/Circle Tool

Draw a block around all elements create thus far. Duplicated them and drag them above the canvas so that they done interfere with other elements.

For the next step we reduced the stroke size to 5px for for the elements duplicated. Then Manually go with each stroke and move them down so that there is no gap within the shape. Use the

above screenshot for reference.

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

 

 

 

Lastly with all the duplicated strokes selected go to FILE MENU -> PATH -> UNION. Then you can use the Dopper Tool and select the colour #2eaf4e

You can place it under the main turtle shape strokes.  and move it slight down and slighly to the right. This gives the turtle the look as it has been coloured outside the lines.

and there you have it. The Turtle Outside Outline Icon Design!

Inkscape Selection Tool
Selection Tool

Inkscape Colour Dropper Tool
Colour Dropper Tool