There are a number of great tutorials, freebies, and articles related to vectors coming out on the web daily. Each month, I roundup some of the best posts that I have found useful. I can’t include everything I’ve seen throughout the month, but you can follow my Twitter feed to get all the daily links. Post comments with links that I have missed so everyone can see them!
This tutorial is relatively simple but creates great results. Also, how can you go wrong with a old-school Nintendo controller!
A tutorial about how to create 3d shapes with the Pathfinder panel, great for logos.
This tutorial goes over how to create a cool looking malevolent skull that can be used for bands, t-shirts, or just vector art of your choosing.
A nice tutorial utilizing gradient meshes to create a trendy vibrant light design.
A tutorial for the character on Are My Sites Up.
Other Tutorial Links For February
Tips and Tricks
Using the negative spaces provided on the templete sheet, you’ll draw what isn’t there. Be creative, push yourself and have fun.
Basic, but great tips for blends in Illustrator.
A handy little tip for exporting artowrk in Illustrator.
The sequel to “7 Things You Didn’t Know Adobe Illustrator Could Do”with some great tips.
A handy little tip for working with brushes.
A set of cute Twtitter birds.
Another set of quality vectors from Go Media.
A very nice ornate vector.
A great set of grungy vectors. Even better, they are seamless!
This freebie set has a lot of icons for many uses.
Other Vector Freebie Links For February
Vector Inspiration and Articles
A great interview with a great vector artist.
A very inspirational list of vector-based web designs.
For everyone that doesn’t want to use Illustrator, Raven might be a great alternative for creating vector graphics.
Even though I love Illustrator, I use Photoshop all the time. This article lists some great tutorials for combining Illustrator and Photoshop.
I love reading about other designers process and especially great artists like Von Glitschka.