by Sharon Milne


October 14, 2013

Top 5 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials on Tuts+ in September 2013

Vector on Tuts+

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 Editor of vector content on Tuts+ and it is my pleasure to share with the Illustrator community five of our most interesting and popular tutorials published during September 2013.

Create a Punk Queen of Hearts, With a Sleeve Tattoo in Illustrator

In this tutorial, Yulia Sokolova is going to take a walk through the process of vectoring her rendition of the “Queen of Hearts” playing card with an eccentric young girl who has an old-school sleeve tattoo. She’ll be using various Adobe Illustrator brushes and tools to create this illustration, so let’s get stuck in.

You can check out more of her work over on her Behance and deviantART.

How to Create a Geometric, WPAP Vector Portrait in Adobe Illustrator

Our biggest tutorial this month and heading towards the top ten of the year, is by the creator of WPAP, Wedha Abdul Rasyid.

Wedha, originally from Indonesia, created his art work in traditional mediums early in the 1990s, which later in early 2000, crossed over into the digital world. Vector being the natural choice for such a colorful, geometric style.

You can check out more of his work over on his deviantART.

Check out the many WPAP’s over on Behance to see further portraits done in this style.

How to Create a Super Kawaii Collage in Adobe Illustrator

Our Kawaii guru, Mary Winkler, added further cutesy styled illustration work to the site this month. Her most popular one in September was this super kawaii collage. A great tutorial if you’re wanting to create quick and easy kawaii characters.

You can check out more of her work over on her Behance and deviantART.

Create a Sticky Summer Typography Printable Poster in Illustrator

In this tutorial, Chris Carey would like to show you a few techniques on how to create a typography poster perfect for closing of summer. He’ll be editing a pre-made font, adjusting a pre-made pattern and using quick and easy techniques to turn a simple illustration into a beautiful poster.

You can check out more of his work over on his deviantART.

How to Create a Colorful Fashion Illustration in Adobe Illustrator

Svetlana Makarova returned to Tuts+ this month with an epic, two part tutorial on creating a colorful fashion illustration. She introduced us to an inspiring technique of combing Gradient Meshes to create flowing, colorful fabric and hair. A lot of skills used in this illustration can be easily carried over to future projects.

You can check out more of her work over on her Behance and deviantART.

Adobe Illustrator: Not Just Used in Illustration & Logo Design!

We all know how strong of a role vector plays in a multitude of graphical ventures, from illustration to logo design. It plays such an instrumental part in creating amazing and inspiring user interface designs for mobile phone apps. Even more so with the advent of retina screens, vector is the go to medium in creating detailed and aesthetically pleasing UI’s.

This month, we create a session specifically on mobile app UI designs. With 12 unique tutorials featuring basic mobile app map indicators to more complex and in depth tutorials on creating mobile gaming app UI’s… all created in Adobe Illustrator!

Vector Mobile App Design


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.

Keep up to date by following the vector section of Tuts+ on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time, have an infinitely scalable month!


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