30 top vector art tutorials

How to create vector avatar characters with Illustrator
Cartoon style avatars are a halfway house between formal representation and stylised illustration, allowing a degree of anonymity for the person pictured. In this tutorial Chris Spooner uses the vector tools in Adobe Illustrator to produce a simple avatar character with a line art style and flat colours.

How to make minimalistic line drawings
With Adobe Illustrator CC’s Blend tool, it’s easy to turn two simple lines into an intricate vector illustration. This tutorial by Lidia Lukianova walks you through the creation of a flower drawing inspired by the minimalist Italian artist Andrea Minini.

Draw vector art on the go
These days, the idea of being chained to your desktop is increasingly untenable: creatives like to work on the go, and Adobe makes that possible with its mobile app Adobe Illustrator Draw (take a look at our roundup of the best apps for painting and drawing for more). This tutorial explains how to use it on your mobile device to create vector drawings that can be edited in Illustrator CC or shared easily. 

How to create a set of office icons in Affinity Designer
In this vector art tutorial for users of Affinity Designer, Andrei Stefan explains how to create a set of office icons by making a few minor adjustments to some simple geometric shapes.

How to create a text editor icon set in Adobe Illustrator
Here, Andrei Stefan tackles another icon project, this time in Illustrator. In this tutorial, he demonstrates how to create a set of text editor elements, using some of the basic shapes and tools provided by Adobe’s tool. 

How to create an Oreo-inspired icon in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial by Diana Toma, you’ll learn how to draw an Oreo-inspired icon with the help of the 3D effect and Mapping option in Adobe Illustrator. You'll also get to use a lot of brushes and effects for texture and a more detailed look.

How to draw an office background in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial, Vladimir Galantsev demonstrates how to use the Mesh Tool and Blend in Adobe Illustrator to create a professional office desk background.

How to draw heart-shaped daisies in Adobe Illustrator
Vladimir Galantsev walks you through the process of drawing a pair of vector daisies with heart-shaped middles. This is achieved using the Mesh Tool in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

How to create Pop Art
This tutorial explains an easy technique that lets you digitise any image and use it to make pop art using Adobe Creative Cloud tools. It then demonstrates how to print your pop art illustration to use it as a poster, or save it for use in your digital projects.

Use vectors with imagery to create striking backgrounds
In this tutorial, Luke O'Neill demonstrates how to create a vector pattern within Illustrator, affect and manipulate it within Photoshop, and then finally, utilise the patterns within InDesign with existing imagery.

Design a seamless avocado pattern in Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial will teach you some simple and effective ways to create a flat-style avocado using simple geometric shapes. You’ll then use the Pattern tool in Illustrator to build a seamless pattern, adding leaves and other generic elements.

A faster way to create a vector eye
In this short video walkthrough, illustrator Bert Musketon shows how to capture an eye in Illustrator, from making the initial shape to adding 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.

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.

Design avatars in Illustrator
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

Easy ways to add texture to vector graphics
If you like your artworks a bit grungy rather than squeaky-clean, then our tutorial on adding textures and grains to your vector artworks is for you. Luke O'Neill guides you through adding textures to the overall art as well as to individual elements.

Make a vector sugar skull
Another great video tutorial from Chris Spooner takes you through how to create a Day of the Dead-inspired skull vector artwork in Illustrator using basic shapes – making it much easier than it looks.

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.

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