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Cartoon character illustrations have a special place in our hearts. Whether they are illustrations of ferocious animals dreaded in the wild like tigers or some meek and cuddlesome creatures, all of them tend to appear cute and lovely when illustrated into cartoons.
At present, with the availability of graphic software like Illustrator, cartoon making is now possible with minimal or without manual sketching at all. Everything from the creation of basic shapes and lines to blending and coloring can be done using the computer program. How to come up with real cartoon illustration using the tools in Adobe Illustrator of course depends on the skill of the artist, his experience and creativity.
To give you some materials to learn from, we are sharing with you some the great Adobe Illustrator cartoon illustration tutorials in this article. All of these are dependable resources if you want to develop your skill in making interesting cartoons. Also, if you want to go to some extra length to expanding the environment of your cartoon characters, you can place them on some landscape vector that you can use for free.This way you do not only make a simple cartoon illustration but also learn how to integrate them into other artworks. Check them out and enjoy!
This tutorial will show you how to combine basic shapes with some clever coloring and blending to make a fantastic looking koala character.
This tutorial will take you through basic shapes , using basic tools ie pathfinder , knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.
This tutorial will teach you how to create a funny game character using some of the tools in Adobe Illustrator.
Follow this step by step process to design a cute little vector reindeer character. You’ll begin by creating the basic structure of the character with basic shapes, then build up the details with gradients and effects.
Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a grumpy Internet troll character. The process starts with a basic pencil sketch then build up a complete vector character design with linework, colour fills and basic shading to create a funny cartoon mascot.
This tutorial, will show you how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses (well, actually there is one rectangle for the background). The great part about this tutorial, is that you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, illustrations, logos, or other projects.
Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character.
This is an easy-to-follow tutorial on how to create a cut baby seal using simple shapes.
This sun character tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!
The tutorial explains how to go about creating the a cool vector art cartoon illustration.
Take this step-by-step procedure on how to make a cat with tiger stripes in this tutorial.
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at constructing a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.
Learn how to make your own vector character in this Adobe Illustrator tutorial.
Draw a shiny, awesome-looking space rocket in Adobe Illustrator using advanced techniques such as gradient meshes, pattern brushes and opacity masks.
In this tutorial you will be creating an elf caricature in Adobe Illustrator.
This post will explain the process in designing Twisted Monkey mascot in vector format.
Using some basic shapes, effects, and gradients this tutorial will show you how to create a Twitter mascot for your blog or website. Twitter is a popular free web service for social networking and micro-blogging.
The aim of this tutorial is to place in the clearest light the process of creating a cat illustration.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator. Starting by creating a fresh corpse, you will then ‘yuck’ it up using a number of techniques. Let’s ‘rip’ this one apart!
This is a short beginner tutorial. You will use Layers, utilize the Pen Tool and its sister tools, such as the Convert Anchor Point Tool, and Direct Selection Tool, to draw and colorize a vector Bart Simpson in Adobe Illustrator.
This tutorial will show you how to build a Bucket ‘o’ Thought character and add a dynamic background effect. This process can be applied to any sketch you are vectorising. It takes some knowledge and skill with the Pen tool, but gives you ultimate control over your line work.
This tutorial I will take you through the process of drawing a kid. The concept is based on the Emo trend and the tutorial will take you trough all the steps from sketch to full color vector.
Learn how to create a grumpy in Adobe Illustrator with the brush tool.
By firstly using the power of pen and paper a character design is created, which is then scanned into the computer to use as a base for tracing with Adobe Illustrator. The final outcome is a colorful cartoon character in vector format!
This tutorial is very easy to follow by Illustrator beginners, with mostly the basic tools and shapes being used. He you will learn how to a simple monster cartoon.
This tutorial, will show you how to use Adobe Illustrator to create vector cartoon of NBA star LeBron James.
This tutorial will show you how to create cute Hippo Character using simple shapes and a really simple effective drawing technique .
This tutorial will teach you how to make a kid anime illustration from a hand drawn sketch.
Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a simple vector soldier character.
This tutorial, covers the necessary steps for creating a colored multicolor cartoon character that includes shadings. It uses Adobe CS3, a Wacom tablet, an inked drawing, and scanner. With your tools ready, let’s get to it!
Koi Carp have been painted and illustrated by the Japanese for centuries and are familiar to people all over the world. This tutorial will take the intermediate Adobe Illustrator user through the techniques and processes needed to imitate what the Japanese have perfected.
This Illustrator tutorial, will show you how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations. The great thing about his tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it!
In this tutorial, you will be drawing a tiger, but you will be doing it a little bit different. Instead of portraying the tiger as a savage and mean creature,the tutorial will teach you how to draw a cute little tiger that you will be able to use in your projects, as a desktop wallpaper, etc.
Learn how to make a a yeti monster character in this tutorial.
The following tutorial will help you create the face of a goofy bunny. You won’t need the Pen Tool. Only the Ellipse Tool and the Rectangle Tool plus some basic effects like the Inner Glow, the Drop Shadow or the Warp effect.
This tutorial aims to guide you from sketchbook to screen; a “Fat Cat” doodled with biro translated into a neat vector caricature.
The following tutorial will explain how to create a Happy Octopus Character. You can use these techniques and elements to create whatever character you want!
Create yourself a wee Leprechaun for St. Patricks Day 2009 with this Illustrator tutorial. This tutorial covers the process from digital inking to basic coloring and rendering.
This tutorial will teach you how to create a “Let’s Go To Monster School!” book cover. It uses Illustrator to trace our hand drawn sketch, lay down the shapes and define the basic colors. The part 2 of the tutorial uses Photoshop where you will refine the shading, add some textures, and complete the book cover with the appropriate typography.
This tutorial details a professional workflow for creating vector illustrations and prepping the artwork for micro-stock websites like Shutterstock and iStockphoto.