40 Detailed Drawing Tutorials for Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator can at first seem a little bit intimidating and daunting (speaking from first hand experience) to work with, whereas it is in many ways similar to working within Photoshop (or any other graphic editor), but in others very very different. And the thing is, quite often certain design techniques with Illustrator may seem at first complex, but in actual fact are very very simple – Its just about learning techniques.

There is no better way for learning new Illustrator techniques, for a beginner or an advanced user, than delving into a good high quality and detailed tutorial, which is exactly what you will find in the tutorials below.

How To Build a Vector Clock Graphic

Follow this walkthrough to learn by adding layer after layer of vector shapes, along with a range of gradients and a spot of texture can quickly create a great looking icon-style clock graphic.

How To Build a Vector Clock Graphic

Create Lady Birds Insect

Lady birds, is there any other insect that symbolize the prosperity and freshness of the nature more? In this tutorial you will be shown how to create a cool lady bird using Adobe Illustrator.

Create Lady Birds Insect Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator

Vector Handphone Tutorial

In this tutorial, you'll be shown how to draw a vector mobile phone by using simple shapes and gradients.

Vector Handphone Tutorial

How to Create a 3D Marker in Illustrator

There are many ways to create a marker in Adobe Illustrator, but this might be one of the quickest. It only takes three paths, some text for the imprint and a 3D effect to create a semi-realistic and freely rotatable marker.

How to Create a 3D Marker in Illustrator

Create a Stylized Avocado

In this tutorial, you'll how to create a cut avocado with simple shapes, blends, and textures. We’ll design both the outer skin, yummy light green avocado filling, and the inner core.

Create a Stylized Avocado

How to Create Stereo Headphone Plugs

How to Create Stereo Headphone Plugs

How to draw an USB Flash Drive

In this advanced tutorial, you will be shown how to draw this amazing USB flash drive.

How to draw an USB Flash Drive

How to Create a Photorealistic iMac and Magic Mouse

This tutorial is about using Adobe Illustrator’s Mesh Tool (U) and several basic techniques to create a vector style monitor and mouse, with a similar design as Apple’s brand new iMac 27″ with magic mouse.

How to Create a Photorealistic iMac and Magic Mouse

Create an old TDK Cassette

The retro style is always a popular style, and in this tutorial you'll be shown how to create a standard D-C60 TDk cassette in just a few minutes.

Create an old TDK Cassette

How to draw a delicious Burger

How to draw a delicious Burger

Create a Golden, Vector Compass

In this tutorial you will be taken through the steps and techniques for creating a golden compass.

Create a Golden, Vector Compass

How to Create A Realistic Chef’s Knife

If you love cooking, then this tutorial is just for you! Learn how to create a realistic chef’s knife by using simple paths and gradients. You’ll use relatively easy techniques to give an object volume, control the lighting, and make it look super sharp.

How to Create A Realistic Chef’s Knife

How To Create A Vector Wacom Tablet

In this tutorial, you will be shown how to create a vector Wacom tablet in Illustrator CS4 using some basic shapes, gradients, and effects. In order to follow this tutorial, you should have some prior experience with the Pen Tool and know how to manipulate preexisting points and curves.

How To Create A Vector Wacom Tablet

Create An Awesome Space Rocket

You’ll draw a shiny, awesome-looking space rocket in Adobe Illustrator using advanced techniques such as gradient meshes, pattern brushes and opacity masks. You will then learn how to add a flare, smoke, clouds and sky to complete this fun illustration.

Create An Awesome Space Rocket

Realistic Orange Tutorial

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to make a photo realistic orange using Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Realistic Orange Tutorial

Turn a Client Approved Snack Label into a 3D Looking Snack Pack

Often after approving the final label’s design, clients will want to see the design mocked-up as a package. Starting with a final label design, you’ll use Illustrators mesh tools to simulate a 3D package design.

Turn a Client Approved Snack Label into a 3D Looking Snack Pack

How to Make an Icy Cocktail

How to Make an Icy Cocktail

How to Create a Cute Earth Illustration in Vector

In this tutorial, you'll be taken through the steps of creating a cute earth illustration. You’ll use basic shapes and some Illustrator knowhow to make this. It’s a fun look at the earth, as seen from space, and interpreted in a cartoon vector style.

How to Create a Cute Earth Illustration in Vector

Create A Realistic Pendrive

In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will be shown how to create a realistic pendrive only using shapes and gradients.

Create A Realistic Pendrive

Drawing a Chinese Fan

In this tutorial you'll learn to draw a chinese fan in Illustrator using some simple but effective techniques.

Drawing a Chinese Fan

How to Make Super-Sharp, Vector Swords

In this tutorial you’ll be shown how to draw a sword in Illustrator, using the Rectangle Tool, gradients, and other Illustrator tools.

How to Make Super-Sharp, Vector Swords

How to Create Semi-Realistic Scissors

In this tutorial, you are going to create metallic scissors using some basic Illustrator tools, as well as simple shading and highlighting effects to create this illustration.

How to Create Semi-Realistic Scissors

Drawing a Clock

In this tutorial you'll draw a cool looking clock with simulated 3D metallic look and lustre.

Drawing a Clock

Draw A Realistic Vector Light Bulb From Scratch

In this tutorial, you'll be shown how to build a light bulb from scratch in Illustrator, using numerous shapes and effects to create this illustration.

Draw A Realistic Vector Light Bulb From Scratch

How to Create Shiny, Vector Dice

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a set of vector dice using Adobe Illustrator and the Gradient Mesh Tool. The Gradient Mesh Tool can be tricky to get the hang of, but hopefully with this tutorial it will shed some light on this great little tool.

How to Create Shiny, Vector Dice

Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle

In this tutorial, you’ll be creating a illustration of a speeding aircraft shuttle. It’s going to be all vector, but along the way you’ll use blends, and other techniques that give this rocketing aircraft an interesting look.

Create a Rocketing, Vector Aircraft Shuttle

How To Create A Slick IPod Icon

This is a great little illustrator tutorial form Creative Nerds, which shows you how to create an iPod icon using illustrator. This is s good tutorial for beginners learning their way around Illustrator simply because the entire iPod is created using only basic default illustrator shapes.

How To Create A Slick IPod Icon

How to Create a Recycling, Paper Bag Icon

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create an eco-friendly paper icon with simple shapes and gradients. This tutorial is great for beginners getting started with icon design, as this is a fairly simple icon to create.

How to Create a Recycling, Paper Bag Icon

Create a Vintage TV Set Icon

In this tutorial, you will create an open book mostly with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool and create the open pages with graphics and add a wavy background. The book can be easily customized by applying your own graphics to the pages.

Create a Vintage TV Set Icon

Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

How to Make a Flat Screen HDTV

This tutorial is going to walk you through the process of making a nice flat-screen HDTV. This could be great for showing off images or videos, or just honing your Illustrator skills. It will cover a variety of tools including the Gradient Palette and the Pathfinder Palette.

How to Make a Flat Screen HDTV

Cute Retro-Flavored Teddy Bear with the Gradient Mesh Tool

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to easily add a retro feeling to your creations and also cover techniques such as using gradient mesh tool to add inner shadows to your objects, which gives them a subtle rounding while keeping your artwork scalable.

Cute Retro-Flavored Teddy Bear with the Gradient Mesh Tool

How to Create an Electronic Piano

In this tutorial, you’ll be shown how to make your own realistic, electronic piano in Illustrator. You’ll create quite a few shapes and apply various gradients and blends to make this vector instrument. Even though it’s a bit of work to put all this together, the techniques used in this tutorial are fairly simple.

How to Create an Electronic Piano

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration

With this tutorial, learn how to apply some effects not often used in Illustrator, like the Chrome effect, which is used to create metallic look with a realistic aspect. Also, notable in this tutorial is the use of Texturizer to create toast texture. You will also use 3D effect and the Mesh tool, which bring depth to the this illustration.

Creating a Toaster-Popping Illustration

Create a Vector Tree with Custom Brushes and the Gradient Mesh Tool

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a leaf-filled, vector tree – step by step. Some of the techniques you’ll use are custom made brushes to create the leaves, and Gradient Mesh Tool for creating light and shadows.

Create a Vector Tree with Custom Brushes and the Gradient Mesh Tool

Create a Candy Inspired Vector Snowboard Design

Learn how to put together a sweet candy inspired design in Illustrator by cutting, splitting and joining vector paths to produce an intricate weave of shapes. You’ll then add some finishing touches with subtle shading and a cool striped overlay to add depth to the design.

Create a Candy Inspired Vector Snowboard Design

How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon

In this tutorial, you’ll be shown how to make a cool, or should we say geeky, glasses icon. You should be versed in Adobe Illustrator’s tools to complete this tutorial. You’ll learn how to take creative license and create an illustration that uses a photo reference, but differs a bit in the final design.

How to Turn Glasses into a Great Geek Icon

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass

The Safari browser from Apple has a great little icon that works well in small formats while also displaying quite a lot of intricate details when viewed in large format. Navigate through this Adobe Illustrator tutorial to draw up your own vector Safari inspired compass in Adobe Illustrator.

How to Create a Vector Safari Compass

Create a Colorful Cocktail Icon

Create a Colorful Cocktail Icon

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

You can easily apply this illustration to your own greeting card, t-shirt, or anything else you can think of. Moreover, you can apply this tutorial to other illustrations and logos.

Create A Mouthwatering Chocolate Covered Strawberry

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