Whether you need to create a mascot for a sports team or add extra flair to a brand identity, creating an amazing, illustrated character is a great way to go. Illustrated characters add a dose of fun, creativity, and personality to any project, and you can easily create them using a tool like Adobe Illustrator.
In this post, we’ve rounded up the best tutorials for creating amazing characters with Adobe Illustrator. Use them to refine your skills or learn a new trick or two and spice up your design portfolio.
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If you have pencil sketches laying around and want to turn them into digital works of art, this tutorial is for you. You’ll learn how to take a pencil sketch and turn it into a vector image with Adobe Illustrator.
How to Create a Vector Ninja Character (Video Tutorial)
Don’t miss this video tutorial from Chris over at Spoon Graphics if you love video tutorials. In just under 10 minutes, you will learn how to create ninja characters using Adobe Illustrator.
Monster Character Creation Kit (Envato Elements Template)
There are times where you don’t have time to create a vector character from scratch, yet your projects still calls for it. This character creation kit from Envato Elements has everything you need to quickly design adorable and unique monster characters.
Isometric art allows you to convey all three dimensions at full scale so if that’s something you’d like to get better at or need it for your design project, this tutorial is for you. The tutorial walks you through the entire process step by step.
This tutorial will teach you how to create the popular characters from Masha and the Bear. This tutorial is perfect for any projects geared for a young audience and the knowledge will help you create similar style drawings.
Ever wanted to make your own cartoon? Well, now you can thanks to this detailed Illustrator tutorial. You will learn what goes into making a cartoon, how to plan the theme of your cartoon, and how to put together an effective scene that helps you tell the story.
PixityLand-Character Creator Kit (Envato Elements Template)
This is another character creation kit from Envato Elements that will allow you to create PixityLand characters. You can mix and match different elements to create completely new characters which makes this kit a perfect solution when you need custom characters quickly.
How to Create a Flat Design Character (Video Tutorial)
Flat design is all the rage nowadays and in this video tutorial, you will learn how to apply flat design principles and create a full-blown character in Illustrator.
Creating a character requires more than drawing and illustration skills. If you want your characters to be appealing and get the audience to react, you need to give your characters a personality. With the help of this Illustrator tutorial, you’ll learn how to do just that.
Corgis are adorable. They are even more adorable when you turn them into a cute illustrated character. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to create the cutest Welsh Corgi you’ve ever seen.
Doctors and Children Flat People Characters (Envato Elements Template)
If you have a project that requires doctor or children characters, don’t miss out on this Envato Elements template. You’ll find plenty of premade characters that will make your project go faster.
Take your Illustrator skills to the next level and learn how to design a cute dinosaur. This tutorial is perfect for children’s birthday invitations or even stationery design that appeals to young kids just starting school.
Retro style seems to never go out of fashion. Use that to your advantage and learn how to give a retro look to your vector characters in this detailed Adobe Illustrator tutorial.
Summer is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than to create a summer Illustration depicting a beach scene. This tutorial will also warm you up during cold winter days so be sure to check it out.
Animal Characters Set (Envato Elements Template)
When you’re working a design project involving pets or animals, you need adorable animal characters. Use this template as a starting point or as an inspiration to create your own animal characters.
This tutorial will help you design a handsome hipster character done up in a flat design style. You’ll learn how use simple geometric shapes, Live Corners, and the Stroke and Align panels.
Another retro-inspired tutorial that will teach you how to create an astronaut child using Warp tools, Clipping Mask, and textures to give it a unique look.
Geek Character Set (Envato Elements Template)
Check out this geek character set from Envato Elements. Not only is this template perfect if you need geek characters quickly but you can also use it as an inspiration for your own character design.
Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to make a cute creature from a sketch you already have. You’ll learn how to make use of custom brushes, the Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, and the Live Paint Bucket tool.
Using simple and basic shapes along with the offset effect can produce interesting results. Use this Illustrator tutorial to create an amazing deep diving character illustration, perfect for any summer or ocean-related project.
How to Create a Vector Hipster Character (Video Tutorial)
This is another video tutorial from Chris over at Spoon Graphics. He shows you how to use basic shapes to construct a vector hipster character which makes the entire process much faster.
Pixels are usually associated with Photoshop but in this tutorial, you will be using the rectangle tool to create a vector illustration that looks like a simple 8-bit style pixel character.
Isometric Characters Constructor Kit (Envato Elements Template)
I’ve shared a tutorial earlier in this post that will teach you how to design isometric characters. If you want to speed up the process, consider using this isometric character constructor kit.
Use this tutorial to learn how to create a female character from scratch. The tutorial uses a step-by-step approach to turn a sketch into a finished vector illustration in Illustrator.
This tutorial teaches you how to make an awesome and cute boxing kangaroo character in Illustrator. You’ll work with the Path and Blend tool as well as effects and brushes to make your illustration appear more realistic.
If you want to learn how to create kawaii animals, this tutorial is for you. You’ll learn how to use the warp effect, move anchor points, and use the Pathfinder panel. The tutorial also teaches you to how to properly use the Line Segment Tool and the Reflect Tool.
Jellyfish are not cute when you meet them in real life but this cute jellyfish character is nothing to be afraid of. Learn how to create this cute glowing character with basic geometric shapes, Pathfinder panel, and various Effects.
Creating your own characters in Illustrator will become a piece of cake once you’ve gone through the tutorials listed here. With this last tutorial, take it a step further and create your very own character kit that will speed up your character design process in the future.
Illustrated characters add life and personality to any design project. Use the tutorials in this article to learn how to create effective characters for any design project. You will also sharpen your Illustrator skills and learn new design techniques that you’ll apply in your everyday work and design projects.