25 Awesome Illustrated Character Tutorials

Written BySatkrit ChapagaininInspiration, Tutorials

Having a unique character on you website can be great as they can attract your visitor’s attention. Vector characters can establish a memorable image of your site in the reader’s mind. In this roundup, we have compiled a list of 25 character design tutorials which will show you how to create beautiful and mind-blowing character designs.They contain a mixture of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials and will be helpful for beginners to advanced users. Many of the tutorials will take you step by step on the design process from sketching to the coloring processing, shapes processing and contains many cool tricks which might come in handy during your next project.

1. Cute Panda Bear Face


In the following tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses. The great part about this tutorial, is that you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, illustrations, logos, or other projects.

2. Character Mascot


In this intermediate Illustrator tutorial we will show you how to create a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4. The techniques in this tutorial can easily be applied to other illustrations, icons, and design elements; as well as legacy versions of Illustrator.

3. Drunken Monkey


In this tutorial, You’ll learn step-by-step how I’ve designed an attractive character in one of our recent projects, namely for the company “Drunken Monkey Collectibles”. Sergio will review the entire design process, from the first sketches and drafts to the final touches with Adobe Photoshop.

4. Super Happy Octopus


In Illustrator, it’s really easy to create fun characters with some simple shapes and the Pathfinder Panel. In the following tutorial I will explain how to create a Happy Octopus Character. You can use these techniques and elements to create whatever character you want!

5. Panda


With just a few simple shapes, a mix of gradient colours and a few shadows here and there you can build some great looking illustrations. Here’s a step by step walkthrough of the process used to create a cool Panda character, from the basic outlines through to the detailed final design.

6. Homer Simspon


This tutorial will teach you how to draw the Simpson’s favorite character, Homer Simpson, from the ground up. Our drawing project will involve drawing the outline of the character, applying strokes to these outlines, and then using various selection tools to color Homer’s skin and clothing. We will then finish it off by adding shadows and highlights to make it look similar to the image below.

7. Web Site Mascot


In this tutorial, I’m going to give an overview of how developed a character from the initial brief through to the final site mascot and then to go on to create several poses for different parts of the site.

8. Thug Bunny!


This tutorial will go through the method of using symmetry in your artwork. Learn how to do half the work but still get the full benefit from your artwork. We’ll also feature a plugin for AI that speeds up your build time and cover the topic of “Opacity Masks.”

9. Bunny


In this Illustrator tutorial, I will show you how to create a cute bunny character. This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations

10. Monster


In this tutorial, we show you how to add the illusion of dimension to your vector illustrations by combining the effects of Adobe Illustrator’s versatile linear and radial gradients. Along the way we’ll also demonstrate how subtle (and believable) accents can be applied to your illustration to increase lasting visual appeal. By working within the basic tools of Illustrator, including Transparency and Pathfinder functions, and combining them with more complex tasks such as clipping masks, you can build a dynamic vector illustration that breaks the stereotype of ‘flatness’.

11. Lebron James


Sure Lebron James isn’t in Cleveland anymore but with super and unique styled steps in making this tutorial, it is a must check out tutorials for all character fans.

12. Zombie


In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator. Starting by creating a fresh corpse, we will then ‘yuck’ it up using a number of techniques. Let’s ‘rip’ this one apart!

13. Cute Monster


We talk through the essential steps, from before you even pick up a pen and paper to working your design up as a vector image, and show you some of our processes for adding details to the character.

14. Furry Vector Monster


Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character. We’ll be working with the basic shapes to start, then use a variety of gradients to add depth. We can then finish it off with some detailed fur effects to really lift the design from the screen.

15. Curious Owl


16. Cute Hamster Factory


17. Character Driven Book Cover Art


In this two part tutorial on creating the “Let’s Go To Monster School!” book cover, I’ll show you a complete process from initial sketch to the final artwork, using an Illustrator to Photoshop integrated workflow. In Part 1 we will employ Illustrator to trace our hand drawn sketch, lay down the shapes and define the basic colors.

18. Tiger Striped Cat


19. Lost Kid


20. Typeface

21. Cute Little Monster


This tutorial is going to show a gradient-heavy illustration of a little monster. It’s got a 3-D feel, but it’s done using only gradients. So, stick with us; we’re going to use and see some really nice easy tips for creating this little monster. The tutorial is intended for beginners.

22. Minion Despicable Me


23.Fat Cat


Tutorial aims to guide you from sketchbook to screen; a “Fat Cat” doodled with biro translated into a neat vector caricature. Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator is advised.

24. Fantasy Character


This tutorial covers the process of creating a fantasy pinup illustration with Illustrator CS3. This tutorial uses Live Paint, so you will need CS2 or above to follow.

25. Cute Little Tiger


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  1. Love To Be Here, Keep Posting

  2. Nice one thanks for the share i like “Lost Kid” the most

  3. Funny One but nice one thanks for the share

  4. the furry monster is class work.

  5. I’m a fan of LeBron James, so definitely I do appreciate the LeBron James illustration, although other illustrations are also good! Thanks for this post!

  6. Thanks for posting the list of tutorials. I really liked the character design tutorials and some the mascot design as well. The cartoon characters for the monsters were really good. I did gave this link to the designing team of http://www.mascotdesigncorner.com as a reference to how I want my mascot design to look like and the final character design came out better than expected. Thank you for posting this! You are a life savior.

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