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Learning to draw in Adobe Illustrator


I’ve been gradually learning how to draw in Illustrator with my Bamboo graphics tablet (last year’s birthday present). This drawing of a grumpy looking old man I made with the help of this tutorial. I’m going to need a lot more practice if I am going to be able to draw cartoons like this without a tutorial to guide me.

What I found most frustrating about learning to draw in Illustrator was using the Pen Tool. I don’t think it should be called the ‘Pen Tool’ since it made me wonder if there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. Everyone knows how to use a pen, right? In my frustration, I did some Google searching and found a blog post, ‘Illustrator Pen Tool Exercises’ which has a downloadable .Ai file made especially to help you learn how to trace using the pen tool. I highly recommend it if you are experiencing the same frustration.

Here a couple more I have done. (If you click on the image it will take you to the tutorial.)


Soldier Character vector image

Vector Soldier Character (tutorial from

Cute Bunny Vector (tutorial from

Cute Bunny Vector (tutorial from