Learning to draw a cute monster or a chubby ninja is actually durable with the right Photoshop and Illustrator cartoon tutorials at hand. If you have access to tools like Photoshop or Illustrator, they may do magic for you and help you create amazing cartoon illustrations. However, it is not easy and it takes time to learn the tools and the techniques needed.
If you want to achieve similar results from drawing by hand, you need a lot of time, experience and skills. Gone is the time where artwork where created with paper and pencil only. Still many creative people start out with a hand drawing before moving to the digital world to refine the lines and add colors; patterns etc. Sketching ideas this way sometimes help creativity to flow better.
If you are not familiar with drawing in Photoshop or Illustrator or you just want to improve your skills, there are great free options available. By following detailed steps in tutorials you can learn new skill, such as how to create amazing text effects and how to create frames and borders, designing logos etc.
In this post, I have collected a very large number of creative Photoshop and Illustrator cartoon tutorials. I am sure you will enjoy it and find inspiration and lean new tricks and techniques. Please leave a comment on what you think of these tutorials and tell people you know about this collection if you like it.
How to Create a Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater in Illustrator - MORE INFO
In this tutorial, you will learn 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.
Mascot Design In Real Time Order – the SOSFactory Way – MORE INFO
This process in this article was described in real time as I created the designs. Let’s look at this more closely.
Create Lady Birds Insect Tutorial Using Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a cool lady bird using Adobe Illustrator.
The Making of Abe, The Are My Sites Up Mascot – MORE INFO
Are My Sites Up is an indispensable resource for all website owners, the service does exactly what it says – informs you of any unexpected downtime your websites might be experiencing. With free and premium accounts with plenty of features it’s definitely worth checking out.
Vintage Vector Textures – MORE INFO
Vintage and retro-style illustrations have made a big comeback over recent years, with designers utilizing the features offered by Illustrator to achieve that hand printed, misaligned feel so common in 50s and 60s animation and illustration.
Illustrator Tutorial – Create a Gang of Vector Ninjas – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at constructing a group of cool vector ninja characters using just the basic shapes and a variety of simple tools, making it a good start for Illustrator beginners.
How to Illustrate a LeBron James Cartoon Character – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I use Adobe Illustrator to create vector cartoons.
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Tutorial with a Wacom Tablet – MORE INFO
Finally, I add in my shadows and highlights. See the snail cartoon tutorial for how to do that. The end result will be a cartoon that can be used for fun, or even on your marketing materials such as when you go to print your own business cards.
How to Paint a Furry Cartoon Character in Photoshop – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a furry cartoon character in Photoshop. Let’s get started!
How to Create an Original Pin-Up Girl in Photoshop – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, I will be taking you through the steps that I do when creating a cartoon pin-up. I will start off with thumbnails and continue on to the final image. Along the way, I will be sharing with you my techniques and thought process when it comes to creating an original image with Photoshop.
How to Create a Quirky Twitter Bird in Corel Draw – MORE INFO
Learn here how to create a this bird using a few techniques in Corel Draw. Successful completion of this tutorial requires an intermediate knowledge of Corel Draw. We think it’s easy as there is no need for Art school sketches that are usually needed in the first step.
Adding Gradients to Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, you will learn you how to adding gradients to a cartoon character in Adobe Illustrator.
Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Cute Cartoon Beast – MORE INFO
In this Tutorial I’ll show you how to create a neat cartoon scene in Photoshop. Our scene will contain 2 characters: a cute beast and an angry toy. You’ll only need 1 start image and Photoshop software for this image. This is a more advanced tutorial, so basic knowledge of Photoshop is required.
Create a Blue Vector Character from Pencil Sketch to Coloring – MORE INFO
In this tutorial we will going to make a blue character Illustration thing. I use Photoshop on this tutorial.
Monster Character Series Part 2 – MORE INFO
We’ll take a look at the Dumb Blue Sucker Monster! Again, using mostly the basic tools and shapes making the tutorial suitable for beginners to Illustrator.
How to Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head – MORE INFO
This tutorial will show you how to combine basic shapes with some clever coloring and blending to make a fantastic looking koala character.
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Bug Tutorial – MORE INFO
This tutorial I’ve written for a cartoon character created in Adobe Illustrator.
How to Create a Web Site Mascot – MORE INFO
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.
Craft An Original Character In Illustrator – MORE INFO
This project explores the idea of sourcing inspiration from everyday experiences, and reveals how a touch of imagination can forge an original and exciting character from scratch.
Eric Cartman – Photoshop Tutorial – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the basics of creating a simple South Park character. Where you go after this tutorial is up to your imagination and your own unique creativity.
Create a Cartoon-Like Fish Illustration in Photoshop – MORE INFO
This tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a cartoon-like fish illustration in Photoshop.
Drunken Monkey Photoshop Tutorial – MORE INFO
In this article I will explain step-by-step how I’ve designed an attractive character in one of our recent projects, namely for the company “Drunken Monkey Collectibles”. I will review the entire design process, from the first sketches and drafts to the final touches with Adobe Photoshop.
Drawing A Character’s Face In Illustrator – MORE INFO
Creating a cartoon or human-like caricature is a fun and rewarding project to do in Illustrator. Not only that, but if you’re pretty good with the pen tool, it doesn’t take very long. In this tutorial I will be creating an elf. Be sure to look at references of other cartoons or caricatures to make sure your shapes are correct.
Monster Character Series Part 1 – MORE INFO
This tutorials will show you how to create a set of simple monster characters.
Drawing Homer Simpson – MORE INFO
This tutorial will teach you how to draw the Simpson’s favorite character, Homer Simpson, from grounds 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.
Vectorial Character Design With Illustrator – MORE INFO
In this post I’ll explain the process I followed at the time of designing Twisted Monkey mascot in vector format.
Create a Self-Portrait Caricature Illustration in Photoshop – MORE INFO
This tutorial will show you how I transformed that old vector illustration into a true digital painting.
Create A Character Mascot With Adobe Illustrator CS4 – MORE INFO
Mascots are becoming increasingly popular in web design. 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.
A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac For 2009 – MORE INFO
How to Create a Cute Hippo Character – MORE INFO
This tutorial will show you how to create cute Hippo Character using simple shapes and a really simple effective drawing technique .
How to Turn a Sketch into a Fat Cat Vector Illustration – MORE INFO
This 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. Let’s take a look at how to create a cheeky cat illustration – from initial concept through to vector goodness.
Create Simple Cartoon Characters in Photoshop – MORE INFO
The use of colorful vector art is a great way to create an accessible and friendly webpage. When done well it is possible to create a rich and vibrant art style which will capture the imagination. We walk you through the basics to get you going on Photoshop CS and newer.
Sketch To Vector – Bird – MORE INFO
This tutorial will illustrate a “bird” from sketch to vector.
Primitive Art Man Cartoon – MORE INFO
Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Snail Tutorial – MORE INFO
This tutorial helps you create some great characters in Illustrator.
Drawing a Cartoon Magician – MORE INFO
Create a student character mascot with Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO
This is an intermediate Illustrator tutorial level where you can learn how to create a vector student character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator. The techniques can easily be applied to other character design, illustrations or icons. Make a sketch or use mine for following steps.
Create a Cute Panda Bear Face Icon – MORE INFO
This easy tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a cute panda bear face icon all from ellipses (well, actually there is one rectangle for the background). The great part about this tutorial, is that you can easily apply the techniques to other icons, illustrations, logos, or other projects.
Creating Line Drawings in Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO
This is one grumpy dude. He was created in Adobe Illustrator with the brush tool. I don’t use the program a lot, but when it comes to “inking” my drawings, I find it very useful.
How to Create a Cute Bunny Vector Character – MORE INFO
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. The great thing about his tutorial is you don’t have to be an amazing artist to create it!
Monster Character Series Part 3 – MORE INFO
These will be easy enough to follow by Illustrator beginners, with mostly the basic tools and shapes being used.
Animate Realistic Facial Expressions – MORE INFO
This project gives you an overview of the process I use for this, from creating original pencil sketches through to a finished animation. To accomplish this, it will help if you already have a good understanding of both Flash and Illustrator.
How to Create a Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, I will cover the necessary steps for creating a colored multicolor cartoon character that includes shadings. I used Adobe CS3, a Wacom tablet, an inked drawing, and scanner.
How to Create a Killer Chainsaw Bunny Character – MORE INFO
This tutorial shows you how I build a Bucket ‘o’ Thought character and add a dynamic background effect. This process can be applied to any sketch you are vectoring. It takes some knowledge and skill with the Pen tool, but gives you ultimate control over your line work. In this tutorial, I will constantly refer to a tools’ quick key, learn your quick keys people, it makes things so much easier!
Reader Tutorial: Cartoon Character In Photoshop – MORE INFO
A little bit of the Moon, and that’s it for Monsieur Poi rot and his knife wielding killer.
Create a Vector Pirate Cartoon Character from a Hand Drawn Sketch – MORE INFO
By firstly using the power of pen and paper a character design is created, which is then scanned into the computer to use as a base for tracing with Adobe Illustrator. The final outcome is a colourful cartoon character in vector format!
How to Create an Anime Artwork in Photoshop – MORE INFO
Learn step by step how this painting was created. You will get a good understanding of how to create anime images with beautiful lighting and learn techniques that will help you in many types of drawings.
Create Your Own Monster – MORE INFO
Monsters have been a staple of the media since the golden age of Japanese Kaiju, first made famous by Godzilla in the 50s. However, with fewer recognizably ‘human’ features for an audience to relate to, a believable monster can take time to develop.
Digital Art Tutorial – MORE INFO
This tutorial goes through all the steps I use to produce a piece of digital art. It covers things in Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, and Corel Painter 9 (if you have different versions of these programs, you may still be able to use the tutorial but some minor or major details might be different).
Create a Super Happy Octopus Character – MORE INFO
This is one of the first tutorials we posted on the site and is a great way to get started with shape building in Illustrator to create cute, fun-loving characters.
Create a Happy Sun Character – MORE INFO
This intermediate tutorial is great for logos, children illustrations, and other projects relating to climate change. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!
Vector Tutorial: Anime Coloring – MORE INFO
Ideally for Illustrator CS2 users but these principles/tips/techniques can be applied to pretty much any program.
Animate Your Vector Characters – MORE INFO
This project reveals how to import a character created in Illustrator to Flash, taking you through the necessary set up in Flash before you can begin animating your creation.
From Sketch to Vector Illustration – MORE INFO
A technique of vector illustrating that takes a little bit more skill that I did not cover is starting with a hand drawn sketches. I will focus on that technique of vector illustrating for this tutorial.
My Process Of Coloring Illustrations Using Mesh And Knife Tool – MORE INFO
This little girl is part of a digital stamps series that i am creating for Aifactory Crafters community , her name is Ella and she is sitting in a yoga pose here.
How to Add Fur to Vector Animal Illustrations – MORE INFO
Vector drawings, particularly those of animals, have a tendency to look flat and stale. Adding fur to your animals can help to turn your drawing into a rich, textural piece without having to rely on Photoshop. This tutorial is geared towards intermediate to advanced Adobe CS3 Illustrator users.
Drawing a Cartoon Bunny – MORE INFO
Create Blob Monster In Illustrator – The Scream – MORE INFO
Add Depth To Your Vector Illustrations – MORE INFO
In this project I show you how to create a complex scene using simple methods. With the techniques covered here, you’ll be able to add interesting effects to your own vector images.
Drawing Kurosaki Ichigo In Photoshop – By Mello – MORE INFO
This tutorial will teach you how to draw the anime character Kurosaki Ichigo from the popular anime “Bleach”. The only program used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop 7, it is possible to use any other version of Adobe Photoshop to follow this tutorial or any other similar image editing program that has similar features. You are required to have basic knowledge on how to draw simple shapes and use the basic tools in Photoshop.
Drawing a Cool Cartoon Robot – MORE INFO
How To Create Your Own Vector Cartoon Character – MORE INFO
Using similar techniques, follow this tutorial to create your own vector character; Freddy the Fish.
Drawing a Cartoon Dude – MORE INFO
How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale – MORE INFO
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a vector illustration from sketch to finish in Adobe Illustrator according to the demands of micro-stock websites. How to clean up your Adobe Illustrator file before saving it in EPS format. How to find and close all open paths. How to save EPS and JPEG files correctly for micro-stock sale.
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Create A Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon In Adobe Illustrator – MORE INFO
This tutorial will walk you through the steps from sketch to vector in creating an original cartoon-style character vector illustration.
How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid – MORE INFO
We’ve recently included some funny looking cartoon style silhouettes on our website, so in this tutorial I will take you through the process of drawing these cuties. The concept is based on the Emo trend and I will take you trough all the steps from sketch to full color vector. I am using Illustrator CS3, pen, paper, scanner, and Wacom tablet.
Drawing a Penguin Cartoon – MORE INFO
Design Seamless Character Patterns – MORE INFO
In this tutorial I will take you through my process of making a character-based, seamless pattern in Illustrator. While I am using vector-based imagery, there is nothing to stop you using the same tiling techniques with hand-drawn imagery.
Illustration Tutorial: Creating Convincing Characters – MORE INFO
Illustrator maestro Alexis West demonstrates how to magic up appealing characters using a pencil, a computer and bags of imagination.
Create a Cute Vector Monster from a Pencil Sketch – MORE INFO
Follow this Adobe Illustrator walkthrough on the creation of a cute little vector monster character, beginning with a quick pencil sketch on paper.
A Rat As Chinese New Year Zodiac For 2008 – MORE INFO
In this tutorial you learn how to create a rat. It can be use as a newsletter as well.
Create Heavyweight Characters – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, we will create a light-hearted image, playing with an over-the-top concept with a touch of comedy.
Comic Book Style Graphic Design – MORE INFO
This tutorial you learn how to create illustrations and turn them into flyers or posters.
Drawing Cute Anime Kids – MORE INFO
Create a Cute Baby Seal with Illustrator – MORE INFO
This simple tutorial will teach you how to create a super cute baby seal.
Create a Traditional Japanese Koi Carp Illustration – MORE INFO
This tutorial will take the intermediate Adobe Illustrator user through the techniques and processes needed to imitate what the Japanese have perfected.
Draw a Cartoon Monster Character in Photoshop – MORE INFO
In this tutorial, we will explain how to draw a cartoon monster character in Photoshop.