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30+ Mindblowing Vector Illustration tutorials
Nov 23, 2011 // Graphics, Tutorials //

When it comes to Web and graphic design, Adobe Illustrator is usually the primary option to consider. However, the software package itself is a quite hard to learn but thanks to graphic designers who created set-by-step tutorials for us. So we can create most complicated illustration designs in couple of hours. Everybody like colorful illustrations specially cartoon characters. They make us happy and keep our mind tension-free. We present here beautiful and 30+ mindblowing Vector Illustration Tutorials for your inspiration. This article contains a mixture of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials. Some are intermediate level and some are advanced tutorials that include coloring processing, character sketching, pen tool tricks for tracing line art sketches, shapes processing, vector conversions and much more.

Illustrator Tutorial: How to Make an Icy Cocktail

Do you desire to drink an icy refreshing cocktail on a sunny day? I know I am, so in this Illustrator tutorial, I will explain how I draw a refreshing cocktail drink in Adobe illustrator. Hope you will find this useful and inspiring to make other kinds of drinks or cocktails.

Photorealistic Vector Car

Learn to create this photorealistic vector Mustang car in this new Illustrator tutorial written by Bobby. Bobby has done several vector car illustrations on Deviantart. He has also received 5 Daily Deviation features and is known for his vector car illustrations. For the very first time, he will share with you his secret techniques in car illustrations. You will be able to get an insight on car illustration after this tutorial.

Surprise Gift

There are times when you will need to do vector gift box and effects for special occasions. This Illustrator tutorial will give you an idea how this can be done using brushes and some other techniques. I will not be going into details how each step is done but I will illustrate on some of the techniques used to create this vector gift box illustration

Disco Ball

I did a quick search to find an illustrator tutorial on creating a vector disco ball but I couldn’t find one. So I’ve decided to write this tutorial to help those interested in creating this awesome disco ball effect. It is actually quite simple, the technique is to create the texture first and map it onto the 3D sphere. However, we will require Illustrator CS and above to create this awesome Illustrator effect.

Realistic Curtain

Let’s draw a nice awesome vector red curtain in this Illustrator tutorial. This lesson assumes that you already have a basic understanding on how the gradient mesh works. We will move on to create a realistic curtain using the gradient mesh. You can use this curtain effect for your movie or theaters related theme design.

Japanese Sushi

This Illustrator tutorial will teach you how to create a plate of yummy Japanese sushi in Adobe Illustrator. Sounds like a lot of work, but I will show you how to make the details like the rice, the spawn and the sesame seeds easily just using Symbols. This technique will speed up the process of your work. Hope you enjoy this sushi tutorial.

Cosmetic Bottle Illustration

In this Illustrator tutorial, you are going to learn how to draw a beautiful vector cosmetic product illustration. It is pretty easy and beginners can learn the basics of coloring and drawing. At the end, we are going to add some glitters to finish it. So let’s get started with drawing vector bottles!

Vector Kiwi

Ever wonder how to make a vector kiwi in Adobe Illustrator? Well I did and here is what I came up with. In this tutorial, I will teach you how to do it using illustrator effects like Texturizer, Pointillize, Grain and Film grain. Hope you can learn some new stuff in this tutorial.

Warp Text Inside A Heart Shape

In this tutorial, we will see how we can warp the text around a shape or a object. This technique will show you how to combine the text wrap and heart shape together to achieve the text wrap effect. This tutorial will concentrate on how to use Envelope Distort feature in Illustrator to achieve this effect. You will also learn some new techniques along the way. For this to work effectively, first we have to decide on a suitable shape. Secondly, we will need to decide what word to warp inside the shape. Normally a short phrase works best. And finally, we need a thick and fancy font to pull the trick.

Vector Notebook

In the following adobe illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a vector notebook easily. I will also be showing you some distort techniques to create the page fold effect. So enjoy!

A Briefcase Vector Icon

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a briefcase icon with rectangles, ellipses, and gradients. This briefcase icon is great for web designs and user interfaces. Moreover, you can easily apply these techniques to other icons, logos, and illustrations.

Mesh Flower in Illustrator

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a flower with Illustrator’s mesh tools and opacity masks. With these tools you have a high-degree of control and can create realistic looking illustrations. Let’s get started!

Cartoon Duck , Character illustration

This tutorial will take you through basic shapes , using basic tools ie pathfinder , knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.

drew mummy Boxter character

Here is a very very quick and simple tutorial showing you how just using the most basic tools of illustrator you can create a Character in a matter of few minutes. This little guy has been named ” the mummy”  and is an exclusive character of the family of  Boxterz** characters.

Coloring illustrations using mesh and knife tool

Since my aim here is just to share with you the process of coloring i will not be going much further in the details of drawing process but i will just elaborate my drawing a bit. I start by creating a sketch , then keeping it in front of me as a reference i turn to Flash

Fantasy Space Background

If you want to create a vector planetary space scene, then we have a fun tutorial for you. This tutorial is for the intermediate Illustrator users, but beginners should be able to make their way through it as well. We’ll work with mapping art, vector 3D, and numerous Illustrator tools. Let’s have some fun creating this graphic!

Caramel Ripple Effect

In this tutorial, we will create a hot chocolate caramel effect using some distort tools and the 3D revolve tool. This is a simple and effective technique to obtain a quality vector ripple effect quickly. Here we go!

Awesome Vector Skate Deck Design

There’s nothing cooler than designing artwork for a skateboard deck! Follow this walkthrough in Adobe Illustrator to create your own vibrant and stunning vector artwork using geometric lines, shapes and a perfect colour scheme. The result is an awesome deck design ready for wall hanging, or hooking up with trucks and wheels for a session on the street!

Windy Sunset vector illustration

I’ve always loved Asian art and particularly Japanese illustration. While Asian art is the main source of inspiration for my design, the point is not to create a traditional Japanese illustration, but rather to filter design inspiration such as this one through personal style and experience.

Vintage TV Set Icon

living without a TV set for exactly three years and 8 months now. It’s great and I don’t miss a thing. Don’t get me wrong. I loved every awful program, every commercial, every useless newscast, but it was time for me to get on with my life. Like many other people, though, I love vintage appliances and cherish the memories associated with the old TV set we had when I was a kid. To celebrate that I decided to create a fun little icon in Adobe Illustrator.

Tiger Striped Cat

I’d like to have a cat here in Krakow but there’s too much responsibility attached to such a pet. Until I decide to put up with that, vector cats will have to do. Here’s how to create one in Illustrator.

Stylish Wallet Icon

In this simple tutorial I’ll show you how to create the wallet icon from my Women’s Icons using Adobe Illustrator CS4.

Jack-O’-Lantern

Halloween is gone and I hate it. It’s an American holiday and it hasn’t been part of European culture for a very long time. Thanks to globalization, though, it’s being forced back upon us. European kids don’t go trick-or-treating nor do we have special dishes for the occasion. We just dress up in stupid costumes, go to parties and mindlessly assimilate someone else’s culture.

Leather-Textured, Realistic Briefcase Icon

This is definitely one of my favorite tutorials. I created it for Psdtuts+, the Photoshop instructional powerhouse we all love.

Cute Hamster Avatar

Going through my sketchbook I noticed I’ve been drawing cute characters lately. Where is all this cuteness coming from? Probably from an exciting job I’m doing right now. Anyways I picked one of the characters for a tutorial so here it goes.

Twitter Bird Character Icon

Twitter is quite a social media juggernaut as of late. It’s getting to the point that one has to have a Twitter account. And what good is a Twitter account without a link to it? And what better way to link to your Twitter account than with a cool blue bird character illustration? This tutorial will walk you through the steps from sketch to vector in creating an original cartoon-style character vector illustration.

Hippy Van Vector

In this tutorial I’m going to walk you through the process I would take to produce a vector image of a good old VW Hippy Van in Adobe Illustrator. You’ll be using tools such as the pen tool, shape tools and gradient tools.

Colorful Television Icon

This easy step by step tutorial contributed by Ryan of Vectips will show you how to create a a retro television icon just with some basic shapes and gradients. These technique are easily applicable to other icons, illustration, and logos!

Cool Air Balloon

In this tutorial we will be creating a horizon of Floating air balloons . During the process i will also show you how to create the starburst background which you can repeatedly use in your various illustrations. Lately starburst effect has been used widely and the technique i used here is quite simple .We will also make use of Gradient and Blur effect while we reach our target.

Swirly Border Design – Java Cup

I couldn’t come up with a super-cool or classy name for this effect, so I just called it what it is: a really cool, swirly border design effect. These swirlys and flourishes have become quite popular lately and you’ve probably seen different ways of creating them. We’re going to show you a way that’s not only easy but also fun. Do enjoy!

 

2 Comments on "30+ Mindblowing Vector Illustration tutorials"

  1. Andy says:

    These tutorials are very useful for newbies like us. Thanks for these amazing tutorials.

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