by Terry Hemphill


August 14, 2013

Adobe Illustrator tutorial by Madis Põldsaar: creating stylized hair

On the Adobe Illustrator Facebook Page, we have been featuring Fan Fridays each week where we showcase four pieces of work submitted by fans of the page. Each week one illustration receives more positive feedback along with many requests for a tutorial. That was certainly the case for this portrait we featured by Estonian-based designer Madis Põldsaar:

Madis Põldsaar illustration

We reached out Madis for a tutorial of how he created the work, and he was kind enough to create one so all of you can be inspired and try something new. His tutorial is below. Also, be sure to check his site to see more of his work on Behance.

Want to submit your work for Fan Friday? Head to the Illustrator Facebook page and submit your work to us via Facebook Messenger.

Note: you can download the brush referenced below by Madis on DeviantArt. Big thanks to Swedish artist jimro for sharing this brush.





  • By Mwanje - 10:02 AM on August 14, 2013  

    lovely i so like

  • By Vector4free - 2:22 AM on August 15, 2013  

    Great tutorial, Thanks!

  • By Script11 - 6:03 AM on August 15, 2013  

    That’s like “Wow”!

  • By TLDesigns - 5:38 AM on August 17, 2013  

    Great Tutorial, Well done!

  • By Saju Mathew - 10:04 AM on August 17, 2013  

    Excellent tutorial, really looking good, thanks for sharing this!

    • By Madis Põldsaar - 12:50 AM on September 1, 2013  

      Thanks. Sharing is caring 😀

  • By Bruce - 10:35 AM on August 18, 2013  

    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! And wonderful work by the way!

    • By Madis Põldsaar - 12:54 AM on September 1, 2013  

      Hopefully it’s not the last tutorial 🙂

  • By Suffolk Graphic Designer - 9:08 AM on August 26, 2013  

    Brilliant stuff. Thanks for the help!

  • By Chikondi - 9:45 AM on August 26, 2013  


    This is so amazing, i wonder if this can be made in photoshop as well. Very impressive tut.


  • By Free Vectors - 6:42 AM on August 30, 2013  

    Wow, Great! I’m going try this!!

  • By Free Vector Stock Images - 8:58 PM on August 30, 2013  

    So simple and superb! Thanks Madis!!

    • By Madis Põldsaar - 12:48 AM on September 1, 2013  

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • By Madis Põldsaar - 12:47 AM on September 1, 2013  

    Thank you, all of you!

    I’m so glad that you like it. This great feedback was pure motivation.

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