Jul 23 2009

40+ Vector Characters Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials


Having a unique design is a must to get your visitor’s attention. Vector characters can establish a memorable image of your site in the reader’s mind. Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop are great for a sketchy or hand-drawn feel. Creating these effects are relatively easy with Live Trace, Live Paint, Brushes and the ability to create you own brushes. This article contains a mixture of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials that will be a great help to you to create visually appealing cartoon characters.

At the end of this post you will find breathtaking & interesting illustrations from some of the best graphic designers and artists.

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How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

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Drawing Kirby

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Comments and Discussions
  • Kimcool, 23 July 2009

    Nice Photoshop tutorials..love so much.

  • beautiful characters and nice tuts, thanks for the list..

  • Jash Sayani, 23 July 2009


    • umiar, 05 March 2010

      Jash u r right all good thems

  • Wow. this list is amazing

  • Brant, 23 July 2009

    Nice post, lots of cool digital art.

  • Rick, 23 July 2009

    Always looking for these type of roundups. Thanks

  • Freelancer Crowd, 23 July 2009

    Thanks for the very nice selection!

  • derp, 24 July 2009

    these types of tutorials are of no use to anyone. all they will show you how to do is copy someone elses drawing. and especially in the case of the ‘emo kid’ the drawings are horrible.

  • doruman, 24 July 2009

    Very intersting idea and very nice Photoshop tutorials, many thanks for the share

  • Nilson Saavedra, 24 July 2009

    hey derp, in my opinion, im sorry but ur wrong, copy makes u understand how the draw was made, so u know the procees u can apply for ur own, not necessarily u need to copy, or u gonna tell me that when ur learning to play piano, u dont play Mozart pieces, Chopin or else, see, ur playing someone else´s composition, here its the same, thanks!

  • pelfusion, 25 July 2009

    I will try the twitter characters first…nice roundup

  • mamdouh, 25 July 2009


  • Promoteware, 28 July 2009

    This is a great collection of characters. Could come in very useful for many things down the road.

  • Eric Shafer, 28 July 2009

    Really nice tutorials, thanks for the roundup!

    Featured here: http://www.presidiacreative.com/best-of-the-web-30/

  • Kaplang, 02 August 2009

    really love the tutorial and especially the image of kirby :) thanks for this.

  • shravan, 03 August 2009

    Love the characters and whole collection.

  • Web Overhauls, 03 August 2009

    Wonderful characters and tutorials, thank you! Too bad I’m not a graphic designer, but can keep tryin’.

  • DesignDazzling, 05 August 2009

    nice vector graphics

  • Diane, 07 August 2009

    Nice collection, but not all look neat

  • Andrey, 07 August 2009


  • Priti, 10 August 2009

    amazing tutes…

  • Luis Lopez, 13 August 2009

    Excellent collection, some of those are my favorites, thanks for the quality.

  • Ezuca, 31 August 2009

    This is such a cool list. I wish I could try creating one.

  • Commander Selvam, 08 September 2009

    The designs are amazing, thanks for giving tutorial on illustrator

  • dandy, 15 September 2009

    Very nice. Illustrations are cool as always.


  • Honey Singh, 23 October 2009

    Very informative for creating an unique design with these vector characters for Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

  • Tanjila Jesmeen, 26 December 2009

    itz really great.thanks for sharing.

  • PSDDude, 19 March 2010

    Very cute characters !

  • Kevin, 20 March 2010

    Can you update the tutorial links please. Some tut dont have tut at all…

  • Narender, 06 October 2010

    Very nice and easy to understand tutorial!

  • Brett Widmann, 23 October 2010

    Very nice selection here. Thanks for the post

  • warawat, 19 November 2010

    very good lighting effiects.

  • designerdorsey, 08 December 2010

    Great tutorials! Thank you :-)

  • Preston Racette, 20 December 2010

    Amazing tuts! Keep it up!

  • Cgbaran, 02 January 2011

    Great tutorials thanks;)

  • Katheleen Mailman, 18 January 2011

    Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I want to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and not at all appear to get one thing done.

  • Erica, 03 October 2011

    This post was phenomenal. I am doing a lot of research for my own blogging project and hope to create my own graphics for it.

  • Praveesh, 08 November 2011

    Wow! I was looking for such a tutorial. Thanks for posting…

  • Harish Kotra, 07 December 2011

    Well, these kinda tutorials inspire people to create their own mascots and icons :) Thanks mate ;)

  • Steve, 22 May 2012

    You definitely forgot to mention these vector characters: http://vectorcharacters.net/ (Btw – these are all free)

    • Anna, 26 June 2012

      Just what i was looking for, thanks mate!

  • M.Mohamed Rafi, 20 September 2012

    Nice.. super Vector tutorial…thanks for the post… keep on post …

  • Pete, 20 October 2012

    The furry monster is great! Keep posting more vector characters!

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