by Sharon Milne
Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in October 2013
Welcome to this month’s catch up showcasing our favorite Adobe Illustrator tutorials available on Tuts+. We publish tutorials on techniques and effects to make awesome vector graphics in Illustrator. My name is Sharon Milne, the Vector and Drawing Editor on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during October 2013.
I keep on recommending to people to use the Appearance panel and Graphic Styles. It’s one of those features of Adobe Illustrator which is insanely powerful once you know how to use it. With that, I put together a beginners tutorial showing you how to create a sliced kiwi fruit with only one shape… which has a total of four points. I kid you not.
Chris Carey created another stellar tutorial last month, this time around it was on creating iOS7 inspired icons. You’ll go through the process of learning how to create each icon shown here, in both active states.
You can check out more of Chris’s work over on his DeviantART.
Nataliya Dolotko hit it out the park again last month, with another basic shape tutorial on creating this festive retro pumpkin. Her tutorials are ideal for beginners and show how you create cheerful characters out of the most basic shapes and tools in Illustrator.
You can check out more of Nataliya’s work over on her website.
Ivan Petrusevski created his first tutorial for us last month and blew away our readers. He has a unique look to his illustrative work. Although it appears simple, he uses a great technique to add subtle textures to his shapes. It’s this trick that takes his work to the next level. We’re hoping to see more from him in the future, so keep your eyes open if you’re a fan of this style.
You can check out more of Ivan’s work over on his website.
The King of Halloween, Tim Burton, inspired Yulia Sokolova‘s tutorial this month. She created this Bride of Frankenstein using some great mirroring effects and gradients.
You can check out more of Yulia’s work over on her website.
Tis the Season to be Spooky!
October is always a great month for vector artists. Not only do you have Halloween, but the first couple of days of November, you have Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Both events are always highly inspiring. We took it to the next level in October, and provided our readers with three weeks of Halloween and Day of the Dead vector content!
What made the three weeks even more special, was that we ran a Skull Decoration Challenge, asking the community to get their creative juices flowing and decorate a skull template we provided. We received over 100 designs! Not only this, Penns Grove High School (in New Jersey), took on the challenge and all submitted their designs.
On behalf of the Vector Author Team on Tuts+, I’d like to thank you for checking out this months top five. There’s plenty more being posted every week day in a variety of areas.