In Adobe Illustrator: I’m trying to build shape – corresponding to a cooktop heating element exactly like that one shown in the image – for a logo – and I have no idea where to begin.
Can an experienced vector designer walk me through the tools/steps they would use?
I know how to do a linear spiral and a non-linear spiral but this is quite a unique shape. I want it as a shape and not as a line.
At the end, it would also be nice to do a strong vanishing point and add a slanted perspective.
There are probably many ways you could do this. Here’s my suggestion, with basic steps.
Concentric circles, plus an overlapping rectangle, then Pathfinder Divide
Select and delete all the lines not required
Use the Round Corner widget to round all the corners, then select and delete all extra paths/nodes left behind.
Join all remaining pieces, increase the stroke width, set rounded endcaps. Then expand the stroke.
To distort use 3D Extrude & Bevel, with the extrude depth set to 0, and perspective maxed-out.