My wife and I are expecting a baby girl in a few months so our house is slowly filling up with everything cute and pink! Seeing the style of art used on the items we’ve collected for the nursery gave me a great idea for a beginner’s Illustrator tutorial, showing how stylish illustrations can be created using basic shapes and patterns. Follow this step by step Illustrator tutorial to create a series of simple vector illustrations, each one employing slightly more advanced techniques to eventually form a complete mobile of objects.

Baby style mobile illustration

This tutorial will be split into four sections in order to cover the process of creating each one of these mobile toys. We’ll begin with the most simple object, then move on with slightly more advanced techniques each time. Essentially we’ll be using Illustrator’s shape tools, the Pathfinder panel and see how strokes & swatches can be manipulated to produce cool styles in your artwork.

Creating a cloud shape

We’ll begin this tutorial with the most simple shape from the overall illustration; the cloud. Begin by drawing three differently sized circles on the artboard. Remember to hold Shift to keep them perfectly circular. Select them all then use the Align panel to line them up along their bottoms.

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  1. Great tutorial, some simple steps to producing a good-looking design with character. Still learning to see the world in basic shapes so this helped a lot, thanks!

  2. Congratulations to you!

    I consistently enjoy your tutorials–thank you for sharing your expertise.

  3. Very nice turorial and wonderful news Chris ! I’ve been following your blog for some time now and I must say it’s quite awesome .

    Keep up the good work !

  4. Heartiest congratulations to you and your wife! I completely loved this pattern and style. You made the tutorial so easy to understand and create such a cute design. Thanks Chris

  5. Thank you sooo much! This is so helpful, I have learned new things and I haven’t even finished the post, but wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your sharing your knowledge, and congratulations for your baby girl!!!

  6. very nice tutorial using basic shapes, i like to make vector characters and illustration using pen tool in combination with basic shapes :)

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