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Best of the Web – March 2010

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Each month, when we start to put together or Best of the Vector Web article, we never really know what to expect. Every new month brings with it new tutorials, articles, and freebies; and no two months are the same. This month we found all types of amazing vector content to choose from; including some amazing tutorials, freebies, and vector-inspired articles. Please take a moment to review some of the best vector content from the web for the month of March 2010.

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  • An Illustrator’s Project: From Start to Finish

    As you know, Vectortuts is a tutorial website. You have all seen a tutorial before but have you ever wanted to know what really goes into the process of creating a digital illustration? This tutorial from Design Instruct digs deep into the mind of Zena Santos as she produces a beautiful illustration in Illustrator.

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  • Create a Tasty Burger Icon in Illustrator

    I will freely admit that the cheeseburger is one of my favorite foods. What better way to get you excited about lunch than to illustrate a delicious cheeseburger in the morning? This tutorial from Cute Little Factory demonstrates how to cook up a tasty cheeseburger icon in Illustrator.

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  • Create a Metallic Star in Illustrator

    Creating a basic star shape in Illustrator is easy. Adding light, shading, and dimension to that same star however, can be difficult if you don’t know where to begin. This tutorial from Points & Paths demonstrates how to create a segmented star in Illustrator with gradient fills and a basic metal appearance.

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  • Create A Cute Creature Character From A Sketch

    There are many ways to create a character illustration. Most people start from some kind of sketch; whether that sketch is traditional or digital. This tutorial from Vectips demonstrates how to create a cute creature character from a sketch and then convert it into a polished vector illustration.

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  • How to Create a Cool Monkey Character in Illustrator

    If you ever want to learn how to master the art of character illustration you will first need to learn how to use some of the basic tools for Illustrator. This fantastic tutorial from Spyre Studios demonstrates how to draw a cool monkey illustration using basic shapes, drawing tools, and various illustration techniques.

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  • Create a Cool Vector Panda Character in Illustrator

    Illustrator is one of Adobe’s most powerful applications. With just a few clicks you can create some great looking illustrations. This tutorial from Spoon Graphics demonstrates how to draw a cool panda bear using a mix of gradients, shading, and basic lines and shapes.

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  • Floral Ornaments

    I am convinced that a designer can never have too many floral elements in their arsenal. Floral elements are incredibly useful tools to have at your disposal. There are just so many things that can be done with them. This really nice set of floral elements from Pehaa includes several unique florals for you to use in your work.

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  • 16 Free Vector Panton Patterns

    This is not a typo. We mean Panton Patterns, not Pantone. This set of 16 free seamless vector patterns is inspired by the work of legendary artist Vemer Panton and can be used to create some fantastic backgrounds, fill patterns, or optical illusions.

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  • Vector Devil-Skull Illustration

    If the title of this free vector illustration didn’t tip you off that this was going to be a freaky-looking design then you should definitely follow the link and check it out. This illustration is by Fuctastic and released through Vectips. This freebie includes some very intricate details and can be used for a variety of purposes.

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  • Thought and Speech Bubbles Pack – 104 Free Vectors and Images

    Speech bubbles are a pretty popular design element being used today. You can see them in all sorts of designs from print to web. This set of thought and speech bubbles from Media Militia includes 104 vector elements that can be used for your comic book, 3d, or hand drawn illustrations.

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  • 27 High Quality Paintbrush Style Illustrator Brushes Part 1

    Giving a piece of digital art a hand drawn look can sometimes be a difficult effect to achieve. Often times, however, it can be as simple as adding a brush effect to a path. This set of 27 high quality paintbrush style illustrator brushes can be easily applied to your work to give it a hand drawn or painted look.

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Vector Articles and Inspiration

  • To Sketch or Not to Sketch

    You might be surprised to hear this but there are many designers that never consult a sketchbook before they begin working on a project. In fact, some designers work almost exclusively in the app of their choice with very little prior planning. This article from the Design Informer asks a simple question; to sketch, or not?

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  • From the Imagination of a Child

    Speaking of sketches, this round up from Abduzeedo showcases some fantastic illustrations by artist Dave Devries who takes the drawings of young children and turns them into fully fleshed 3 dimensional illustrations using color, texture, and shading.

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  • Design Inspiration: Poster Design Showcase

    You can see poster designs lining the streets of your hometown. Posters are an excellent source of inspiration as they are often expertly designed and in an infinite number of styles. This showcase from DesignM.ag rounds up some fantastic examples of poster designs.

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  • 60 Breathtaking Examples Of Beautiful Typography

    Typography is an art form in itself. Typography can often make or break your design. This round up from Creative Nerds showcases 60 excellent examples of beautiful typography.

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  • Vector Pictogram Set

    This set of vector pictograms was created by artist Natalie Sklobovskaya for an illustration class in school. The task was to create a cohesive pictogram for several types of animals. These illustrations are superb and are definitely worth a look.

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