Vectips Monthly Roundup: January

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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!

Tutorials

Design Skateboard Graphics

This inspirational Computer Arts Illustrator tutorial, takes you from sketch to Pen tool. Also, included in the support files is a skateboard deck vector.

Design Skateboard Graphics

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

Veerle shows us how to create trendy Spirograph vectors in this Illustrator tutorial. The tutorial utilizes the Rotation tool and repeat transform.

Illustrator Full Spectrum Spirograph

Craft a Delicious Chinese Food Icon

Another great icon tutorial from Jonathan on Vectortuts with nice use of 3D and meshes.

Craft a Delicious Chinese Food Icon

Create the First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch

This was a fun tutorial with some great techniques in laying out a page in Illustrator.

Create the First Page of a Fairy Tale Story Book, with a Hint of Kitsch

Illustrator Tutorial: Making of an Abstract Artwork

This tutorial from Design Blurb shows a great use for the Live Paint Bucket tool.

Illustrator Tutorial: Making of an Abstract Artwork

Other Tutorial Links For January

Illustrator diamond flower

Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas

Illustrator Tutorial: How to Create a Quilt Block

Illustrator Tutorial: Bling Bling Text Effect

How to Create Vector Spirograph Designs

Tips and Tricks

Border Patrol: Framing your artwork

Great tips for creating frames in Illustrator using the Appearance panel and Graphic Styles.

Border Patrol: Framing your artwork

Illustrator Tip #12: Transform Pattern

A great tip for working with patterns in Illustrator.

Illustrator Tip #12: Transform Pattern

Crop This: More Useful Trim Marks in Illustrator

A handy little script for creating more useful trim marks in Illustrator.

Crop This: More Useful Trim Marks in Illustrator

Vector Freebies

Obama Yes We Can

When Obama was inaugurated, a bunch of free Obama vectors were released. This one, was one of my favorites.

Obama Yes We Can

Horse Tech Vector

This is a very intricate vector, worthy of downloading to explore all the elements.

Horse Tech Vector

Vector Pack Sixx

This vector pack contain a ton of vector elements great for many projects.

Vector Pack Sixx

53 Impressive Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

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.

53 Impressive Polka Dot Pattern Swatches

Hand Drawn Vector Eyeball Freebie

GoMediaZine brings us another edgy trendy vector freebie.

Hand Drawn Vector Eyeball Freebie

Other Vector Freebie Links For January

Vector Pack 5

Marilyn Monroe

REDmillion pattern TWO

Free Vector Repeat Pattern – Gothic Mono

100 Wonderful Water Color Illustrator Brushes

Dinosaurs

Vector Inspiration and Articles

Vector artists to watch in 09′

A nice list of vector artist I will be following in 2009.

Vector artists to watch in 09′

Charlene Chua: rendering a spacegirl in Illustrator

Charlene Chua creates some amazing vector illustrations. Moreover, it is really inspirational to see her work.

Charlene Chua: rendering a spacegirl in Illustrator

Awesome Vector Illustrations by blindSALIDA

Inspirational vector art by blindSALIDA on Abduzeedo.

Awesome Vector Illustrations by blindSALIDA

Interview with Cristiano Siqueira, AKA Crisvector

If you are fan of Crisvector’s work, check out this interview from Vectortuts.

Interview with Cristiano Siqueira, AKA Crisvector

The Making of the TweetBacks Logo

I always love reading about other designers process and this GoMediaZine article does not disappoint.

The Making of the TweetBacks Logo

Other Vector Inspiration and Article Links For January

Meet Ryan Putnam (AKA Rype) of Vectips

Interview with Charlene Chua

Phantasm CS Studio Review

50 Illustrator Tutorials Every Designer Should See

80 Best-Of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Brushes, .EPSs and Resources

35 Most Useful FREE Vectors to Kick Start 2009

The Ultimate Collection Of Free Vector Packs

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