80 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Tutorials

In modern technology, computer and software which now allows us to move away from the pencil, paper and the ever dependable eraser, to advanced drawing applications and input (drawing) devices. Designers nowadays are able to play with their hand-drawn sketches- pushing the boundaries of their imagination.

Adobe Illustrator is one of the best applications when it comes in creating cartoons and illustrations because of the vector feature. It preserves the quality and details of the artwork even if it has been resized.

In this article, we’ll be featuring the best 80+ Adobe Illustrator  Cartoon Tutorials that will be useful for beginners, intermediate and advance users of Adobe illustrators in creating vector characters.

How to Add Fur to Vector Animal Illustrations

This tutorial is adding for to vector character is discussed in the tutorial above. This time the effect will be applied to an animal character to add texture to the image. Adobe CS3 Illustrator will be once again used in this type of art.

Making of a Vector Soldier
The following tutorial teaches you how to create a cute vector soldier character, totally in Adobe Illustrator.

Create a Character Driven-Book Cover Art
Vectortuts+ brings you a great character design tutorial, in which you will learn how to make a character driven book cover art using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Create a Cute and Cuddly Vector Dinosaur
In the following tutorial you will learn how to create a cute and cuddly vector dinosaur character in Adobe Illustrator.

Design a Cheeky Koala Mascot Head
This extremely well written tutorial will teach you how to design a cheeky koala mascot head in Adobe Illustrator.

Create a Grumpy Troll Character
Ever thought on how to create a grumpy troll character? I bet not. However, in this tutorial, Chris Spooner will teach you how to make a nice one.

Create a Striped Cat with Illustrator
Andrea Austoni, a talented illustrator from Italy, shows you the creation process of a tiger striped cat, in Adobe Illustrator.

Design a Cute Hamster Avatar
If you would like to design a cute hamster avatar, then follow this tutorial!

Create the Face of a Goofy Bunny
The following tutorial teaches how to create the face of a goofy bunny.

Create a Cute Vector Reindeer Character
If you wanted to know how to create a cute vector reindeer character in Adobe Illustrator which is great to be used in greeting cards, then follow this step-by-step tutorial.

Create the Face of a Greedy Monkey
This tutorial shows the creation of a face of a greedy monkey who’s looking for bananas. Will you give him one?

Create a Simple Mechanic Character
If you are a novice in Adobe Illustrator, then you should follow this tutorial which teaches how to make a simple yet attracting mechanic character illustration.

Create a Cute Little Tiger in Illustrator
Create a cute little tiger by using only Adobe Illustrator.

Create an Elegant Patterned Vector Owl in Illustrator
If you’d like to create an elegant patterned vector owl in Adobe Illustrator then take a closer look at this tutorial by Chris Spooner.

Create a Student Character Mascot
Readactor shares a great tutorial in which they share the creation process of a student character mascot with the help of Adobe Illustrator.

Design a Cool Vector Panda Character
Another great tutorial by Chris Spooner in which he shows off the ways to create a cool vector panda character in Adobe Illustrator.

Making of: Lady Birds Insect using Adobe Illustrator
An easy-to-follow tutorial which teaches how to create a detailed lady birds insect, by using Adobe Illustrator.

How to Create a Curios Owl
The following tutorial will teach you how to design a curios owl with Adobe Illustrator.

Creating a Great Mascot Illustrator
In this tutorial, Russian artist Alexandra Zutto shows how to build up complex, beautiful images by patiently layering and building up small, straightforward segments, and always varying them to prevent monotony.

Create a Cool Vector Robot In Illustrator
Looking to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator? In this tutorial you’ll use various tools and techniques to create a simple vector robot character. With this robot being made of lots of basic shapes, it’s a great tutorial for beginners to get to grips with the Illustrator application.

Monkey Character Tutorial
With this tutorial you will be creating a monkey character illustration using Adobe Illustrator. You’ll be using basic Shape Tools, the Pen Tool and various other Illustrator techniques to create the illustration.

Create a Cute Creature Character from Sketch
Create a cute creature from sketch! The tutorial uses custom brushes, Paintbrush tool, Pen tool, and the Live Paint Bucket tool. Even if you are not a huge fan of the cuteness, you can use these techniques for other illustrations, logos, and vector elements.

Create Textured European Goldfinch Characters
Make an unique design of European Goldfinch with paint splatters and textures. The techniques used will be Live Trace, Pathfinder, Transparency, Distort, Warp and Clipping Masks. You’ll give this character a unique look and fun personality.

Bring a 3D Creature to Life
How to create an offbeat creature using Illustrator’s 3D Revolve effect.

Vector Penguin Character
Tutorial for beginners, creating a cute vector penguin with Illustrator.

Face of a Singing Pig
Learn to create a funny singing pig with musical notes and bow tie.

Despicable Me’s Minion
Creating Minion cartoon character in 11 simple steps.

Babushka Dolls
How to create a Babushka Doll in Illustrator with Eastern European patterns.

Vector Blue Cat
Turning paper sketched cat into vector with Illustrator.

Cute Piggy Bank
How to create a cute pink piggy bank in perspective.

Vector Mushroom Character
Step by step Illustrator tutorial to creating a cute mushroom character.

Cute Alien in Illustrator
How to make the following cute alien character in Illustrator.

Monster Character
Create Green Slimey Monster in Illustrator.

How to Illustrate a Cute Emo Kid

If you are into the Emo trend, this is the tutorial for you. This tutorial discusses the creation of funny looking cartoon style silhouettes. Illustrator CS3, pen, paper, scanner and Wacom tablet will be used in this tutorial.

If you are into the Emo trend, this is the tutorial for you. This tutorial discusses the creation of funny looking cartoon style silhouettes. Illustrator CS3, pen, paper, scanner and Wacom tablet will be used in this tutorial.

Cute and Simple Hippo
Simple Illustrator tutorial to creating simple hippo face with Ellipse tools, rectangular tools and the rounded rectangular tools.

The Making of Abe, The Are My Sites Up Mascot

A step-by-step process of creating a sketch-to-illustration image is mentioned in this article. Using adobe illustrator, a lovable monster was created.

Create a Character Mascot with Adobe Illustrator CS4

This tutorial applies the techniques in creating a vector character mascot from a sketch in Adobe Illustrator CS4 as well as other illustrations, icons, and design elements and legacy versions of Illustrator.

Happy Sun Character
Learn how to create fun sun character tutorial in Illustrator. Moreover, you can easily apply this tutorial to other illustrations, logos, and projects!

Cute Baby Seal
Simple tutorial to teach you how to create a super cute baby seal. At the end of tutorial you will get really nice, cute cartoon seal character.

Cartoon Duck
This tutorial will take you through basic shapes, using basic tools ie pathfinder, knife and eyedropper tools to create a cute duck character.

Furry Vector Monster
Follow these steps in Adobe Illustrator to create your very own super cute fuzzy monster character.

Stinking Zombie Flesh-Eater
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a cartoon zombie in Illustrator.

Cute Hippo
This tutorial will show you how to create cute Hippo Character using simple shapes and a really simple effective drawing technique . This technique has been adopted from recent addition to the store of Animal Head Graphic Set , latest addition to the store.

Owl DiNG
In this tutorial we will walk through taking a pencil sketch into Illustrator and creating vector artwork.

LeBron James Cartoon Character
In this tutorial, you will learn how using Adobe Illustrator create vector cartoons.

Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day
Create yourself a wee Leprechaun for St. Patricks Day 2009 with this Illustrator tutorial. Easy and interesting Illustrator tutorial.

Cartoon Character with Expressive Lines
This tutorial covers the necessary steps for creating a colored multicolor cartoon character that includes shadings.

Cute Emo Kid

In this tutorial we will go through the process of drawing cute cartoon character. The concept is based on the Emo trend, we will go trough all the steps from sketch to full color vector.

Cute Panda Bear Face Icon
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.

Gang of Vector Ninjas

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.

Cute Bunny Vector Character
This tutorial uses simple shapes and gradients that are easy to apply to other character illustrations.

Cartoon Snail
Lean how to draw snail in Adobe Illustrator with some easy steps. Learn how to with Illustrator basic tools create cute snail.

Killer Chainsaw Bunny Character
This tutorial shows you how to build a Bucket ‘o’ Thought character and add a dynamic background effect.

Cute Vector Monster
Follow this Adobe Illustrator walkthrough on the creation of a cute little vector monster character, beginning with a quick pencil sketch on paper.

Grumpy Dude
In this tutorial you will learn some digital drawing tips and how to fix little mistakes after you’ve drawn your stroke.

Fat Cat Vector
This tutorial aims to guide you from sketchbook to screen; a “Fat Cat” doodled with biro translated into a neat vector caricature.

Freddy the Fish
Follow this tutorial to create your own vector character – Freddy the Fish.

Vector Pirate Cartoon Character
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!

Twisted Monkey Studio Mascot
In this tutorial author will explain the process that he followed at the time of designing by order the mascot in vector format for Twisted Monkey Studios, producers of horror films.

How to Create a Web Site Mascot

In this tutorial, author will 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.

Create Your Own Monster
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial author will take you through the process of creating a completely unique, memorable monster that’s not at all humanoid in form.

Adding Dimension to Your Characters
In this tutorial author will 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.

Creating Bart Simpson Vector Character in Illustrator
This is a short beginner tutorial. You will use Layers, utilize the Pen Tool and its sister tools, such as the Convert Anchor Point Tool, Direct Selection Tool, etc, to draw and colorize a vector Bart Simpson in Adobe Illustrator.

How to Create a Vector Illustration and Prepare it for Micro-Stock Sale
This tutorial details a professional workflow for creating vector illustrations and prepping the artwork for Micro-Stock Sales. Author also included a bunch of time-saving tools and tips as well.

Creating Convincing Characters
In this tutorial, you’ll learn some basic skills for converting your character from a pencil doodle to a complete, fully-coloured image – learning some crucial Illustrator skills along the way.

Symmetrical Illustration: 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.”

Patch Illustration 2
The following tutorial will show how author go about creating a set of NBA licensed embroidery patches featuring portraits of many of the leagues greatest players.

Basic Shading and Lighting
This tutorial goes over the elementary fundamentals when it comes to shading and lighting within a digital illustration.

Create A Vector Art Twitter Bird Character Icon In Adobe Illustrator
This tutorial will walk you through the steps from sketch to vector in creating an original cartoon-style character vector illustration.

Vector Tutorial: Anime Coloring
In this tutorial will be detailed explain how in Adobe Illustrator coloring sketches, in this tutorial author will use anime sketch.

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Bug Tutorial
Here is one more cartoon characters tutorial in Illustrator. This time you will learn how to create nice fly cartoon.

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Tutorial with a Wacom Tablet
In this Illustrator tutorial author will explain how using Wacom tablet you can at first draw cartoon sketch and than create vector cartoon.

Adding Gradients to Illustrations in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial you will learn how to use gradient tool in Illustrator. Author will explain how to add gradient to illustrations.

Monster Character Series Part 1
First of two Spoongraphics mini-series of tutorials on how to create a set of simple monster characters.

Monster Character Series Part 2
Here is second Illustrator tutorial from Spoongraphics mini-series of monsters tutorials where you will take a look at the Dumb Blue Sucker Monster!

Create a Twitter Style Bird Mascot
Using some basic shapes, effects, and gradients author will show you how to create a Twitter mascot for your blog or website.

Maintaining Rhythm and Flow in Vector Character Design
In this tutorial you will break down the basic process of creating a character from sketching through to the final vector file. Whether you’re interested in creating vector mascots for branding design, or making interesting characters to use in your animations, you’ll find these techniques helpful.

Create a Traditional Japanese Koi Carp Illustration
Koi Carp have been painted and illustrated by the Japanese for centuries and are familiar to people all over the world.

A Cow As Chinese New Year Zodiac For 2009
At the begining of 2009 – Cow year, Kailoon.com create special new year Illustrator tutorial, where you can learn how to draw 2009 year symbol – Cow.

The Making of a Chocolate Bar Character.
In this tutorial Author take the concept from sketch through to vector final. You will learn how to create sweet cartoon character – Chocolate bar character.

Character Illustration
The following tutorial will walk you through a project, a character design for Fanta soda to use in their Halloween promotion.

Ilias Sounas’ Condomunity Member Illustration Tutorial
It’s basically a character design tutorial like many others out there – just that Author wanted it to be more like an illustration and possibly also an rss icon.

How to Create a Cute, 3D, Vector Robot
If you want to learn how to create a rounded robot character from sketch to finished vector art, then we have an awesome tutorial for you.