35 amazing vector art tutorials

Vector artwork of a hummingbird

If you want to add vector art skills 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 beginner tutorials that will help you master the basics of vector illustration=. 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 easy steps

Vector artwork of a hummingbird

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

Ben the Illustrator explains how to create vector illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, explaining the key tools and offering expert tips. He walks you through the key tools, and gets you started on the road to translating your creative vision into incredible vector illustrations.

02. Beginner's guide to vector drawing in Illustrator

Orange slice vector art

In this PluralSight tutorial, you'll learn essential workflows, terms, and techniques to help you get started with vector drawing. The course teaches you the key differences between pixel-based and vector art, as well as the important components in the latter.

03. A guide to 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. Create colourful vector character art

This Illustrator tutorial from Digital Arts walks you through how to turn a hand-drawn sketch into a coloured digital vector file, taking in colour adjustments, depth and composition. The basic skills you'll learn here will help you to create scalable character vectors again and again.

06. A faster way to create a vector eye

Bert Musketon shows how to quickly sketch an eye in Illustrator
(Image: © Bert Musketon)

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 Silhouettes for Beginners

This video course from Envato tuts+ is aimed squarely at vector art beginners, with no use of the pen tool. By making two silhouette vector artworks, you'll learn to use essential tools and processes.

08. Vector portraits for beginners

This free in-depth video course will help kickstart your journey into creating vector portraits from photographs. Sharon Milne shows you two ways for creating basic portraits; one a chunky line art style and the other in a basic shading style.

09. Vector drawing with a graphic tablet

Astute Graphics has an excellent vector art tutorial for designers and illustrators keen to ditch the mouse in favour of a graphics tablet and stylus. It's aimed at beginners, even walking you through how to set up your drawing tablet and calibrating your stylus to work beautifully with Adobe Illustrator's brush tools.

10. Create a fun vector monster face in Illustrator

Chris Spooner of the Spoon Graphics blog brings you this fun vector tutorial that  combines simple shapes with gradients to create a cartoonish monster face. The simple approach makes it ideal for beginners, producing fresh stylised results.

11. 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.

Next page: Intermediate vector art tutorials