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 inspirational Computer Arts Illustrator tutorial, takes you from sketch to Pen tool. Also, included in the support files is a skateboard deck vector.
Veerle shows us how to create trendy Spirograph vectors in this Illustrator tutorial. The tutorial utilizes the Rotation tool and repeat transform.
Another great icon tutorial from Jonathan on Vectortuts with nice use of 3D and meshes.
This was a fun tutorial with some great techniques in laying out a page in Illustrator.
This tutorial from Design Blurb shows a great use for the Live Paint Bucket tool.
Other Tutorial Links For January
Tips and Tricks
Great tips for creating frames in Illustrator using the Appearance panel and Graphic Styles.
A great tip for working with patterns in Illustrator.
A handy little script for creating more useful trim marks in Illustrator.
When Obama was inaugurated, a bunch of free Obama vectors were released. This one, was one of my favorites.
This is a very intricate vector, worthy of downloading to explore all the elements.
This vector pack contain a ton of vector elements great for many projects.
It would not be a Vectips Monthly Roundup without some of Colorburned’s wonderful Illustrator brushes and patterns. These Polka Dot Pattern Swatches are fun to play around with and incorporate into projects.
GoMediaZine brings us another edgy trendy vector freebie.
Other Vector Freebie Links For January
Vector Inspiration and Articles
A nice list of vector artist I will be following in 2009.
Charlene Chua creates some amazing vector illustrations. Moreover, it is really inspirational to see her work.
Inspirational vector art by blindSALIDA on Abduzeedo.
If you are fan of Crisvector’s work, check out this interview from Vectortuts.
I always love reading about other designers process and this GoMediaZine article does not disappoint.
Other Vector Inspiration and Article Links For January
Meet Ryan Putnam (AKA Rype) of Vectips