18 Impressive Tutorials on Creating Vector Illustrations

Sep 21 2009 by Tomas Laurinavicius | 15 Comments

The step-by-step tutorials featured in this article shares techniques that will help you expand your range of knowledge in making vector illustrations for your graphic design and illustration projects. If you would like to learn about the differences between vector and raster graphics, please see the article called Design Battle: Vector vs. Raster on Design was here.

In this article, you can find the good number of high quality lessons by the best and most talented graphic design artists on ways to create vector illustrations.

1. Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Create a Cute Furry Vector Monster in Illustrator

Learn how to make a unique and adorably cute monster character using basic shapes and gradients by following along this Illustrator tutorial written by the talented graphic/web designer, Chris Spooner.

2. How to Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle

How to Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle

You will learn a technique for illustrating a vector art piece using the Brush Tool (to start the outlines) in Illustrator and the Gradient Tool, as well as blend techniques, to color in the illustration.

3. Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon

In this vector illustration tutorial, you will observe a methodology for constructing a cute panda bear character using basic Adobe Illustrator shapes and tools like the Ellipse Tool, followed by the Direct Selection Tool to transform the vector paths.

4. How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character

How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character

This tutorial by cartoonist/illustrator Wardell Brown teaches readers a professional-level method for producing cartoon vector illustrations. The procedure starts by tracing the outline of sketches using the Pen Tool in Illustrator.

5. How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

This tutorial shows readers how to create a unique character (a zombie) in Illustrator, using a sketch as a reference, the Pen Tool for creating the vector paths, and the Pathfinder Panel to combine and manipulate the various vector pieces.

6. How to Create a Landscape Wallpaper for your Desktop

How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator

Liven up your desktop by creating your very own vector illustration wallpaper with this step-by-step tutorial. This tutorial teaches you effective use of the Mesh Tool in Illustrator by way of a practical application.

7. How to Create a Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines

How to Create a Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines

Discover a process that many illustrators use when constructing vector characters via this Vectortuts+ graphic design tutorial that uses Illustrator CS3, a Wacom tablet, and ink drawings scanned into your production workstation.

8. How to Create a Fantasy Character in Illustrator

How to Create a Fantasy Character in Illustrator

Graphic designer and Illustrator, Emily Gonsalves, shows us a method for creating a comic character by leveraging the Live Paint feature (available in CS2 and above) of Adobe Illustrator.

9. Stylized Portrait Illustration

Stylized Portrait Illustration

This downloadable PDF tutorial by Illustrative Designer and Author, Von Glitschka, demonstrates how to create a vector illustration using a photograph as a reference with Adobe’s two most popular graphics creation software: Photoshop and Illustrator.

10. How to Create a Retro Vector Illustration with Stylized Lines

How to Create a Retro Vector Illustration with Stylized Lines

This retro-themed vector illustration piece is created in Corel Draw using a stock photo as a reference. This tutorial is geared towards beginners, but will be appreciated by all.

11. How to Create a Cartoon Spaceship Interior in Under One Hour

How to Create a Cartoon Spaceship Interior in Under One Hour

Geared for intermediate and advanced Adobe Illustrator users, this vector illustration tutorial will walk you through the development of a cartoon spaceship interior.

12. How to Make a Sweet Vector Popsicle Illustration

How to Make a Sweet Vector Popsicle Illustration

In this illustration tutorial, you’ll get a smooth crash course on how to quickly illustrate a cool popsicle vector by through the use of such tools as the Rounded Rectangle Tool and the Gradient Tool.

13. Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

Create a Super Happy Octopus Character

Designer and Illustrator Ryan Putnam of Vectips walks readers through a way of designing a vector character by employing the usage of simple shapes and the Pathfinder Panel.

14. Create a Simple Vector Creature in Illustrator

Create a Simple Vector Creature in Illustrator

This quick and easy tutorial shows you the fundamentals of composing a unique character using a scanned-in sketch as a reference for the illustration and setting up Guides to make sure that the facial features are symmetrical.

15. Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

This comprehensive vector illustration tutorial for intermediate users shows readers an effective route for developing a character mascot, starting from a sketch that is used as the template for the illustration.

16. How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial, you will learn how to create professional-level vector graphics that is ready for distribution in vector stock e-stores like GraphicRiver and Shutterstock.

17. How to Create a Cute Hippo Character

How to Create a Cute Hippo Character

This vector illustration tutorial, by Graphic Designer and Illustrator Asmaa‘ of AiVault, highlights how shapes (which are simple and basic tools in Illustrator) can be utilized to create a beautiful and unique vector character.

18. Create an easy landscape scene in Illustrator

Create an easy landscape scene in Illustrator

Here is another tutorial for making a vector-based landscape, a popular design trend right now. Tyler Denis, whose work you’ve seen here many times before, especially in the Tutorials section, uses Adobe Illustrator to design an engaging art piece.

Did we miss your favorite vector illustration tutorial?

Don’t forget to share your favorite vector illustration tutorials in the comments. *Edited by Jacob Gube.

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Tomas Laurinavičius is a blogger and designer from Lithuania who’s currently studying Multimedia Design & Communication in Denmark. Check his work at his personal portfolio site and follow him on Twitter.

15 Comments

Emily Gonsalves

September 21st, 2009

Thanks for including my tutorial on your list (#8). Glad you enjoyed it!

Callum Chapman

September 22nd, 2009

Thanks for including my vector creature tutorial Tomas, lol it looks so simple up against all those illustrations but it is aimed at complete beginners so hopefully people are benefiting from it :) Thanks again!

Cheap Sites

September 22nd, 2009

Brilliant! I’ve bookmarked and re-tweeted! Now I might just spend the whole day playing around with the tutorials, wish me luck!

Dan

Redstage Magento

September 22nd, 2009

Great tutorial. I will have to try it out sometime. Thanks!

Joey

September 22nd, 2009

Thanks for this – some great styles here – love the zombie one!

webdesigner

September 22nd, 2009

good designs. nice tutorials. thanks for sharing ;)

Tyler

September 23rd, 2009

Great list, there are some really cool tutorials here. Thanks for including my “easy landscape scene”

Tutorial Lounge

September 24th, 2009

such amazing list you sharing here. thanks

Web 2.0

September 24th, 2009

Awesome vector designs, great work :)

Celsi

September 27th, 2009

Awesome & really helpful.
Thanks!

Celsi

Shane

October 16th, 2009

Nice tutorials, will try some out soon.
Thanks.

Billy

March 28th, 2010

Thanks for sharing, this really cool stuff. Love it. Keep it up.

sara

April 1st, 2010

no entiendoooooooooooooooooooo

mara

June 28th, 2010

interesting tutorials, great work

Kollontai

November 14th, 2011

nice collection. Thanks for sharing with us! :)

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