March 19, 2014
Yuka Uemura, a graphic designer from Queensland, Australia shared a vector portrait she created of Kaky, a Kelpie cross Border Collie puppy.
The Illustrator social team posted it on the Illustrator Facebook channel, and the audience loved it just as much as we did.
Yuka was kind enough to take the time and effort to develop a tutorial of the techniques she used to create this beautiful, highly detailed vector portrait of Kaky. And we are super excited to share it with you.
You can download the tutorial as a PDF. And if you want to follow along exactly, you can also download Yuka’s original reference photo. But we’re sure you’ve a favorite pet that’s just waiting to be immortalized in its own beautiful portrait, too. Enjoy!
December 9, 2013
Brand new to Illustrator? Maybe you’re not brand new but still want to know how to best setup your document and artboards, work with colors, shapes and brushes, and how to do these fundamentals the right way.
Then you need to join Terry White, Adobe worldwide design evangelist, and tap into Terry’s deep knowledge of Adobe professional design products in his podcast on How to Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CC — 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do.
And more experienced Illustrator users may just discover new tricks, too, as Terry covers the latest tools and approaches that just may help you break out of long-term habits and work more efficiently.
August 14, 2013
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:
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.
April 19, 2012
In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how I created a Day of the Dead inspired portrait with Adobe Illustrator CS5. Along the way I’ll be using a variety of different sources to obtain color palettes, using a selection of brushes and many other quick tips you can use in future projects.
I’m going to be using a stock image as a base which is from the talented Claire Jones, a stock artist I’ve used a lot in my previous illustrations and a pleasure to collaborate with for today’s tutorial.
Without further ado, let’s get on with creating our vector portrait!