Here’s a list of useful online and printed resources and publications aimed at vector illustrators and graphic artists of all types. Whether you’re a digital graphic artist or you draw by hand, these sites are sure to boost your creativity, enhance your skills, keep you up-to-date on software and industry news, and build your illustration business.
If you create in Photoshop, check out our Photography Links page too for more resources.
Publications – Print and Online
Visit these sites filled with great how-to’s, artist reviews, contests, and informative articles, and see which one(s) get your ideas flowing.
Layers Magazine – Covering Adobe products for a variety of media, including Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, GoLive, Acrobat, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver and Flash.
Digital Arts – Comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online.
Smashing – covering all things design including graphics, drawing, Adobe Illustrator, and more.
How Design – 6 issues per year, f eaturing design inspiration and business guidance aimed at the professional or aspiring graphic designer.
Artist Daily – An online community of visual artists sharing inspiration and instruction.
Drawing Now – Online only, huge variety of how-to drawing tutorials.
Online Tutorial Sites
lynda.com – Subscription-based site offering an extensive library of basic to advanced tutorials covering the most common media production software for illustration, photo, video, and audio. Get 10 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
Vector Diary – Comprehensive online resource for Adobe Illustrator tips and tutorials.
TutsPlus – Online tutorials on graphics, vector illustration, Adobe Illustrator, and more.