If you're working from home and fancy spreading your creative wings, or simply want to add a bit of vector art to your creative resume, you've come to the right place. A technique rather than a style, vector art is based on geometric shapes and created using vector image software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. If you're a fan of vector art and want to start creating your own, these brilliant tutorials will help you on your way.

On this page, you'll find 10 tutorials that will help you master the basics of vector illustration, and show you how to master faces. For intermediate tips and tricks, head to page two, and for advanced techniques jump straight to page three.

Once you've motored through these, you may find our other collections of tutorials useful – there are Illustrator tutorials, Photoshop tutorials, and InDesign tutorials for you to discover.

01. Learn vector illustration in 10 steps

Vector art tutorials beginner

Follow this tutorial to get a solid understanding of the basic tools

Ben the Illustrator explains how to create vector illustrations using AI, explaining the key tools and offering expert tips.

02. Beginner's guide to vector drawing

In this Plural Sight tutorial, you’ll learn essential workflows, terms, and techniques to help you get started with vector drawing

03. The Pen tool

To create vector art, you must first master the Pen tool. This comprehensive guide aims to introduce you to features, shortcuts, and methods for working with what is arguably Adobe's most essential tool. (And here's a bonus faster way to vectorise hand lettering with the Pen tool…)

04. Illustrator for beginners: 11 top tips

Vector art tutorials: beginners

Master the tools you need in Adobe’s vector illustration software with this quickfire guide

From using Bézier points and curves to strokes, fills and adding a more natural look to your vector artwork, here are some Illustrator secrets for those new to the application.

05. Add texture to your vector illustrations

Adding texture to your vector art is a great way to give it more dimension and perspective. In this easy-to-follow video, Illustrator expert Alexandra Cecilio explains how to get the most out of textures.

06. A faster way to create a vector eye

Bert Musketon shows how to quickly sketch an eye in Illustrator

In this short video walkthrough, illustrator Bert Musketon shows how to draw an eye in Illustrator. He covers the process from how to make the initial eye shape, to how to quickly draw eyelashes and eyebrows, using just some basic shapes and a few vector sketching tricks. The good news? You can apply the time-saving techniques covered here to speed up the creative process on any vector illustration…

07. Vector portraits for beginners

This free in-depth video course will help kickstart your journey into creating vector portraits from photographs.

08. Geometric, WPAP vector portrait

With the resurgence of the geometric trend, it’s fair to say that WPAP may venture into more aspects of design. This tutorial will show you how to create a WPAP (Wedha’s Pop Art Portrait) portrait in Illustrator, by the WPAP master himself!

09. How to create vector hair

Dealing with hair can be tricky. But this useful step-by-step tutorial breaks down exactly how to transform a person’s hair into vector art from a photograph.

10. Create a self-portrait in a geometric style

In this tutorial, you're going to learn how to create an illustrated self-portrait in a geometric style. You'll be using a photograph of yourself as the base of the illustration, drawing a sketch from that, and then creating the final piece.

Now you've nailed the basics, scroll through our carefully curated collection of the best tutorials for creating a range of different characters.

When you've finished your characters, you can give your creations an environment to live in with our pro tutorials for creating landscapes.

11. Create profession avatars in Illustrator

Vector art tutorials: characters

Discover new tips and tricks using Illustratro’s Pathfinder panel, Clipping Masks and more

Illustrator and designer Yulia Sokolova walks through how to create a set of flat-style portraits – perfect for social media avatars or to denote different categories on your website, for example

12. The easy way to build quirky characters

Poked Studio founder Jonathan Ball explains how to transform basic geometric shapes into unique, colourful creatures with Illustrator’s tools.

13. Create a vector anime character in Photoshop

This tutorial explains the process of creating a simple anime character from start to finish.

14. Create a vector Yeti character

Check out this simple tutorial, which uses as many basic shapes as possible to achieve a quirky style of illustration, then bring the yeti character to life with a palette of cold colours.

15. Vector a set of character poses

Here, you’ll look at how to design a character for a video game, in this case a “beat ’em up”. You’ll work from the very first sketch to the final artwork.

16. How to create a vector art cartoon character

Want to bring your cartoon characters to life? This easy-to-follow vector art tutorial shows you just how to do it.

17. Create a vector map infographic

Learn how to create a simple map design in Illustrator with this handy tutorial from self-taught vector artist Andrei Marius.

18. Craft a vector landscape environment

This vector art tutorial shows the intermediate Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a dramatic vector landscape environment.

19. Create simple flowers with gradient mesh in Illustrator

In this easy-to-follow tutorial from Diana Toma, you’ll learn how to create beautiful flowers with the help of the gradient mesh function in Illustrator.

20. Create vector clouds

This step-by-step tutorial explains how to create impressionistic, infinitely-scalable vector clouds with Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh tool.

From creating dramatic text effects to texturing, collage, halftone effects and more, read on for our collection of the best tutorials for creating special effects in your vector artwork.

21. Create an electric text effect

Vector art tutorials: text

Create attention-grabbing text with this vector tutorial

In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to create an electricity text effect in Illustrator. From setting up a simple grid through to basic blending techniques, this tutorial is full of pro advice to help take your vector artwork further.

22. Layer up vectors for unique effects

Tom Mac reveals how to create a drip-effect portrait using Illustrator’s Pen tool and some clever object layering techniques in this vector art tutorial.

23. Create vintage vector textures

Vintage and retro-style illustrations have made a big comeback over recent years. Here, designer Ben Steers shares some insider tips and techniques to help give your vector illustrations a retro look.

24. Create sketchy-style vectors

There are many illustrations that call for a sketched or hand-drawn feel. Learn how to achieve this in Illustrator in this easy-to-follow vector art tutorial.

25. Create a vector glitter text art effect

Give your typography some sparkle. Follow this tutorial and learn how to create a vector glitter text effect in Illustrator.

26. Create vector halftone effects

Halftone is a way of reproducing a monochrome image using only dots of varying sizes. Artist Chris McVeigh walks you through the process in this four-step vector illustration tutorial.

27. Convert a bitmap to a vector image

This Inkscape tutorial demonstrates how to convert a bitmap image into a vector image by using Inkscape’s Trace Bitmap function.

28. How to create a vector image slider

Image sliders have been a common element of website design in recent years, especially in portfolio designs. This tutorial explains how create an image slider in Illustrator.

29. Create a textured collage with vector imagery and papercraft photography

Ciara Phelan shows you how to mix vector imagery with papercraft photography to create a textured collage with real depth.

30. Vector polishing techniques

Discover how to add more depth, colour, contrast and texture into your vector art with this set of simple tutorials.




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