30 Best Illustrator Drawing Tutorials of 2010

30 Best Illustrator Drawing Tutorials of 2010

Rightly named, Adobe Illustrator is one of the best software programs (some would argue the best) for drawing illustrations. The Pen Tool can be difficult to learn but incredibly useful for tracing or drawing images once mastered. The Live Trace feature saves so much time when tracing very detailed images. There are a number of amazing tools and features available in Illustrator (warp, symbols, gradients, 3D effects, and the list goes on), so many in fact that Illustrator takes much practice to really know what incredible design feats you can accomplish.

30 Best Illustrator Drawing Tutorials of 2010

30 Best Illustrator Drawing Tutorials of 2010

This is why completing tutorials is so important. You can learn skills and shortcuts from other designers that you may never learn on your own. Plus, tutorials are a nice excuse to break away from the dull side of a designer’s life to have fun, yet you can still chalk up a tutorial as education. So, with this in mind, here some of the best Illustrator tutorials from last year that teaches awesome drawing techniques. Have fun learning!

Car Stereo
Car Stereo

Cute Santa
Cute Santa

Summer Field
Summer Field

Simple Storefront Icon

Magical Hand Shaped Vine
Magical Hand Shaped Vine

Make Vector Portraits from Photos
Vector Portraits

Artistic and Elegant Artwork
Artistic Artwork

Realistic Gamepad

50’s Style Auto Advertisement
50s Style Auto Ad

Briefcase Icon

Dirty Water Drop Character
Dirty Water Drop

Modeling the Human Face in Illustrator
Human Face

Super Villain Megamind

Maneater Vector Girl
Maneater Vector Girl

Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Toaster Popping
Toaster Popping

Super Sharp Vector Swords
Sharp Swords

Painterly Apple in CS5
Painterly Apple

Japanese Sushi

Make a Hitman

Upholstery Pattern in Five Minutes
Upholstery Pattern

Realistic Burning Sparkler

Soccer Ball Vector
Soccer Ball

Symmetrical Character Art
Symmetrical Character

Illustrate Dynamic Hair
Dynamic Hair

Wooden Smoking Pipe
Wooden Pipe

Lustrous Electric Guitar
Electric Guitar

Lady Birds Insect Tutorial

Discover Tattoo Illustration Techniques

Underwater Clown Fish
Clown Fish


What is you favorite Illustrator drawing tutorial from 2010? Do any of those showcased above make it into your list of favorite tutorials? Please share with us in the comments below.

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and writes about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She works for PrintPlace.com, an online printing company that offers brochures, posters, postcards, business cards, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.


  1. / Reply

    thanks for such an awesome list! i personally love the ‘artistic & elegant artwork’ tutorial and ‘discover tattoo illustration technique’ which i found very useful.. :p

  2. / Reply

    Top share! Love illustration :)

  3. / Reply

    Great illustrations. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Rana Mukherjee,
    • January 22, 2011
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  4. / Reply

    excellent work in these tutorials and really thanks for “Lady Birds Insect Tutorial”.

    • Anil Omanwar,
    • January 24, 2011
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    Painterly Apple in CS5 – is awesome …

    • steff,
    • January 24, 2011
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    super collection! the makeing of a hitman tutorial is my favorite pick!

  5. / Reply

    The sparkler and megamind are my favorites. Great post!

  6. / Reply

    Wonderful collection. I will go for ” Lady Birds Insect Tutorial” Texturing and coloring is amazing in this tutorial.

  7. / Reply

    I’m glad you enjoyed the list. The artistic one is also one of my favorites!

  8. / Reply

    These are great tutorials! The santa is really cute.

    • Oliviabest,
    • March 30, 2011
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    Some I just loved! But my favourite is Artistic and Elegant Artwork. It’s really stunning and tender. Have some like that in here http://www.websitetemplates.bz/zen-cart-templates/beauty-shop-zen-cart-template_803.html The style is pink as well.

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      Thanks for sharing the template. I love pink designs, and this one uses different hues well.

  9. / Reply

    Thanks for sharing this amazing works.

    1. / Reply

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. / Reply

    sweet good to know about adobe illustrator cause I’m looking for the right digital medium to cross over from the ol pen and paper and theres tons of stuff out there! thannks a lot, these are great!! :)

    • Suresh Pattu,
    • February 16, 2012
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    Good collections :)

  11. / Reply

    Can you give more example about hand drawn to illustrator ?
    Thanks :)

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