Vector illustration of a landscape scene

A step-by-step guide to create a beautiful vector illustration
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Instructed by Grigoras Alexandru Design / Other
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

This course is for anyone who wants to develop their artistic abilities in order to conceptualize and create a great vector illustration in a minimal style.

I am going to develop the vector illustration in Adobe Illustrator and the course will cover design principles, concept development, sketching and how to turn a sketch into a veritable illustration.

The course is structured into 5 parts as follows:

Part 1 - Introduction

In the introduction section I provide the students with a brief presentation of my artistic career and the goals for the curse.

Part 2 - Get Started with the Vector Illustration

In this part I will talk about Design principles applied to illustration, how to conceptualize an illustration and I complete the sketch for the vector illustration. The sketch process is divided into two videos.

Part 3 - Working on the Vector Illustration

This is actually illustrating the house, the background and the dog from the scene

Part 4 - Finish up the Vector Illustration

In this part I add the finishing touch and wrap up the vector illustration

Part 5 - Conclusion

Thanks to the students and farewell

The course is going to take about 1.5 hours to complete.

Whether you are a total beginner in the field of illustration or a professional artist, anyone will find an useful piece of information and apply it to their own artwork.

What are the requirements?

  • Adobe Illustrator

What am I going to get from this course?

  • will learn how to effectively conceptualize your illustration
  • will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator in order to complete a vector illustration
  • will learn how to draw a house, trees and a dog in a minimal style
  • will learn how to build an actual illustration from a simple sketch

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone who wants to start creating vector illustrations and also for the ones who want to think different when creating a piece of artwork
  • Professional artists who want to find useful information on how to use a vector based software like Adobe Illustrator without any fancy tools

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture you will learn about the instructor's artistic background.

You will also see some of his artwork and contact details.


This lecture covers the steps I take in order to create my custom workspace.

You will learn how to access and arrange panels in Adobe Illustrator so that you can have any tool at your disposal.

Section 2: Get_Started_with_the_Vector_Illustration

This lecture covers two simple design principles: hierarchy and order that are very important to build a solid foundation for yourvector illustration.


Concept is very important to illustration because this is where the transfer from idea to canvas takes place. In this lecture you will learn how to effectively think about different elements in your artwork.


In this lecture we will start working on the sketch. This is where the transition between concept and the actual foundation of the vector illustration takes place.

We are going to work on the house and on the background.


In this lecture we will finish drawing the sketch, introducing the dog and some testing color. This is the base of the illustration and we can build on this solid ground.

Section 3: Working_on_the_Vector_Illustration

This is the process of illustrating the house and the background by using negative space to our advantage.

You will learn how to use color in order to create simple, yet cool effects in order to come up with a creative vector illustration.


This lecture covers the process of approaching and drawing a dog in a very accessible manner. You can take the notions learned in this video and apply them when drawing and illustrating any animal.

We will break the animal anatomy into simple and big shapes and then connect them. After this lecture you will realize that illustrating a stylized dog is very, very easy.

Section 4: Finish_up_the_Vector_Illustration

In this video you will learn that adding texture and a few elements to your vector illustration can really make the difference between a good image and a great one.

This is where we finish the artwork and we have our finished product ready for showcase.

Section 5: Conclusion

This lecture covers a summary of what you have learned from the course:

- think differently when creating your own vector illustration
- come up with your own unique concepts
- successfully place elements into a good composition
- illustrate different objects in a loose and beautiful style

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Instructor Biography

Grigoras Alexandru, Vector Illustrator

I've been working as a graphic designer since 2008 and as a professional vector illustrator since 2012.

My experience as a graphic designer started in a small advertising agency, called BrandFactory, based in Bucharest. There, I had the great opportunity to work under Victor Prajitura's guidance and learn the basics of the industry.

My work ranged from designing business cards and flyers to key visuals for different campaigns and web wireframing.

The second job I had as a graphic designer was at Q-t-raz creative agency, also based in Bucharest. Here, I evolved as a graphic designer, crafting custom identities and custom brochures for big companies like Galt and JW Marriott.

Here is where my taste for vector illustration really took off. I was asked to incorporate and create a lot of vector elements in the designs and I had to quickly learn more about Adobe Illustrator.

Then, little by little I've started to build a database of clients and started my freelance career. Starting with little tasks like this image:, I've managed to get bigger projects like this one for Sarah Fiske:

Along this time, I've been surrounded by a very creative and supportive community of illustrators and designers, on portals such as Dribbble, Behance and Estetica Design Forum.

My online portfolios can be found here: (personal website), and I am very supportive of young and creative artists and I always stand for art as the ultimate tool of evolution.

Thank you very much!

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