Pencil Illustration (PIE) has been used for centuries in a variety of areas, mainly as a way to create logos. It is a visual language that gives a story a sense of narrative and context.
Examples of PIE are our logos used for the World of Warcraft MMO games (in both Warcraft III and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm) and the Blizzard Entertainment World of Warcraft digital comics and videos. Other examples include an early Warcraft III logo for a website that went by the name of Legion and a logo used on the World of Warcraft website.
Where can I see examples of PIE and other graphical languages?
Please visit the graphic language wiki for a comprehensive reference.
How do I know where to find PIE?
If you’re looking for PIE materials you can check out our Resources page, but remember that each illustration comes with a unique copyright/link which will help you find them faster.
This graphic language is also a great resource for teachers, students and freelancers to use for creating logo and artwork.
How do I create PIE?
To produce PIE you will need a computer with programs for creating graphics and you need to export the generated drawings.
Creating logos with PIE can be quite simple, however in some cases you will have to get creative with your skills and make some creative use of all the tools on the screen to create logo designs which can get quite complicated.
How to make PIE?
I recommend you try a computer to make PIE first, so that by the time you have learnt how to make PIE, your skills will be good enough to make good-looking or very decent looking logos.
First things first, you will need your own drawing tablet or a pencil. I’m using an old drawing tablet here. (If you don’t know how to make a sketch you can find one called a Doodle Pad at a shop at the bottom of the page).
Download the drawing that you would like to do a logo in, and unzip the archive to your computer.
You will need 3 graphics formats to use, one is standard (Gimp), one is vector (QuarkPro) and the third is png (PNG is used in the examples below). I use Gimp for everything.
When you open a new file in Gimp, go to the Edit/Options panel and look for a panel called “Preferences”.
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