Best of the Vector Web – June 2010
As you know, each month, we scour the Internet for the best vector content on the web and post it here for you all to enjoy. This month we found some excellent tutorials, freebies, and articles ranging from character design tutorials, free 3D vector iPhone designs, and inspirational articles; featuring all sorts of incredible vector art. Please help support the design community by visiting some of these awesome websites!
How To Draw a Cute Vector Dog Character in Illustrator
Vector character design tutorials are always fun because they not only teach us how to create cool vector characters but because they also give us some insight into the author’s creativity. This tutorial from Spoon Graphic demonstrates how to create a cute vector dog character in Illustrator.
Working with Illustrator and Photoshop
Getting Illustrator and Photoshop to cooperate can be challenging sometimes. This video demonstration from Mordy gives some great tips to those of us who need Illustrator and Photoshop to work seamlessly together.
Create the Volkswagen Logo
It is always fun and interesting to see how some of the most recognizable logos were created. This tutorial from V for Vectors explains how to draw the Volkswagen logo from scratch in Illustrator.
Create a Trendy Seamless Type Pattern
Some seamless patterns are easier to create than others but most of them follow the same rules when it comes to their creation. This tutorial from Vectips demonstrates how to create a trendy typography-based seamless pattern in Illustrator.
Illustrator Tutorial: Wooden Smoking Pipe
I always enjoy Illustrator tutorials that make great use of texture and lighting. This tutorial from Vector Diary demonstrates how to create a wooden smoking pipe and is an excellent example of how you can add some realism with texture and light. The vector smoke is pretty nice as well!
Design a 3D Digital Clock Icon with Illustrator
Icons design can be fun and challenging. You really can’t have enough instruction in this area because every icon is different. This tutorial from Design Instruct is a pretty cool example of how you can create a vector digital clock in Illustrator.
(FREE!) Download Picks
3D Vector iPhone 4
It seems like every time there is a new Apple product there is a rush in the design community to produce digital recreations of that product in everyone’s favorite design application. This vector iPhone 4 is unique in that it was created in Illustrator using Illustrator’s 3D tools, which is pretty darned cool!
I’ve said this before but I have always enjoyed Pehaa’s freebies because they are always unique and fun. This “bee” illustration is cute, fun, and can be downloaded and used in your work for free!
Stock Vector – Construction Signs
Remember the old “under construction” pages? They were famous for being cheesy and well…an eye sore. This set of under construction signs from Share GFX actually looks pretty promising. They are glossy, and well illustrated. Give them a download and try them on for size.
Free Seamless Vector Patterns – Abstract Gears
Are you looking for a nice set of seamless patterns? Pattern Head always has a nice selection of seamless vector patterns available. Their latest set of seamless patterns includes 3 gear-themed patterns. Check them out!
Nothing says warm weather like butterflies! Butterflies can really spruce us your illustrations and make them fun and warm. This set of 6 vector butterflies from Vector4Free is pretty nice. Take a look!
Vector Articles and Inspiration
Beautiful Vector Illustrations by Jan Feliks Kallwejt
Creating complex vector illustrations is not easy. They take a lot of time and talent to produce. Artist Jan Feliks Kallwejt somehow manages to take complex images and make them look simple, which is challenging in itself. Take a look at Jan’s incredible works on Abduzeedo!
45 Inspirational Examples Of Vector Art
Vector artwork is often incredible detailed. The results are often illustrations that look dazzling to say the least. This round up from Noupe showcases 45 incredibly inspirational examples of vector art.
Collection of Beautiful Magazine Covers for Inspiration
Magazine covers can be excellent sources of inspiration because they are often expertly designed. This collection of beautiful magazine covers from DesignM.ag includes some fantastic examples to browse through.
30 Inspiring Sport Illustrations
In terms of design, there is something very special about sports. Drama and action make sports illustrations really stand out from the rest. This round up of 20 inspiring sport illustrations from Vector Diary includes some really nice pieces to check out.
Get Inspired – #044
Our final round up comes from our friends at Media Militia and includes some excellent designs to help inspire you. Take a look at some of the incredible artwork included in this post.