Digital devices, electronics, and mechanical equipment such as cars offer great illustration subjects. Often there is plenty of room to bring to life numerous details. Also, basic shapes can often compose most of these types of illustrations.
You can start with some simple tutorials and then take your skills to building super electronic and mechanical vector creations. Below is a collection of some the best tutorials for beginners to get started with, and intermediate to advanced illustrators to take their skills to the next level.
Top Ten Tutorials
New PLUS Tutorial – Create a Sleek Vector Multimedia Device
We recently launched the VECTORTUTS PLUS section of the site. We have another awesome PLUS tutorial exclusively available to members today. If you’re looking for a workflow that demonstrates how to professionally combine traditional illustration with the 3D Tools built into Illustrator, then this tutorial is for you.
The First VECTORTUTS PLUS Tutorial is Available Now
This is the first of upcoming tutorials exclusively available to PLUS members. If you’ve been looking to pull your Illustrator skills together into a super hot and sleek design, then this tutorial is for you. Learn how to illustrate the car of your dreams!
Draw A Realistic Vector Guitar in Inkscape
This tutorial will go over the techniques used to draw a realistic guitar from scratch using the free vector program Inkscape. To complete this tutorial, you should already have a basic knowledge of vector tools, such as: the Pen tool, Edit Path Nodes tools, and you should be familiar with the Fill and Stroke toolbox. Let’s get rockin’ vector style.
How to Create a Colorful Retro Style TV
In this tutorial, we’ll teach the intermediate vector artist how to create a retro style TV with gradients and layers. We’ll also create a nice funky background with circles and lines. Let’s have some fund creating this colorful illustration.
Create a Glowing Vector Lightsaber
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a vector lightsaber. You will use some simple shapes, blends, and gradients in this intermediate tutorial. Also, if you want to learn more about all sorts of light weapons then check out wookieepedia, there is a page on the Lightsaber there.
How to Create a See-through Information Graphic
This tutorial will cover the techniques used to create see-through information graphics. You’ll need a strong familiarity with Adobe Illustrator’s Pen Tool to complete this tutorial.
Create a Stylish Sports Car Dashboard With Areas of Detailed Realism
In this tutorial, we’ll show the advanced Adobe Illustrator artist how to make a realistic sports car dashboard. You should have a solid understanding of Adobe Illustrator tools before you begin this tutorial. We’ll be using a variety of tools to create this illustration.
Create a Sketchy Hand-Drawn Camera Illustration in Illustrator
In this tutorial, we’re going to use Illustrator (and a bit of Photoshop) to create an image that looks roughly hand-drawn on textured paper. We’ll be creating a camera illustration in this rough sketchy style.
Design a Vector Audio Speaker Icon In Illustrator
In this intermediate tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a vector speaker icon. When you break down the elements you’ll find it fairly easy. We’ll be using some ellipses with gradients, the Grid Tool, and the Mesh Tool to create this icon design.
Create a Detailed Vector Traffic Light with Simple Shapes, Gradients, and Glows
In this tutorial, we’ll see how creating this detailed traffic light is just a matter of building up layers of simple shapes, custom gradients, and the Outer Glow effect.
Design a Colorful USB Flash Stick with Tattoo Style Decals
In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a semi-realistic flash stick with gradients and simple shapes. We will make our own custom brush to create tattoo style swooshes. Also, we’ll review how to use Global Colors in Illustrator, which allows us to flexibly change the colors of an object on the fly.
Create an iPhone Style Vector Phone Illustration
Today, I’ll show you how to quickly create a mockup of an iPhone in Illustrator. Surprisingly, this process is very easy in Illustrator. Once you’re done, you’ll have a scalable, layerable, and fully editable graphic to place in any of your designs.