Today’s Illustrator tutorial is perfect for beginners. You don’t need to be a master illustrator to create cool artwork, just using simple shapes and limiting yourself with a small colour palette can result in some great designs and artworks. In this tutorial we’ll use Illustrator’s basic shapes and tools to create a stylized landscape scene illustration then finish it off in Photoshop with the addition of some texturing.
The artwork we’ll be creating features a simple landscape made up of basic shapes and a limited colour palette of greens and yellows. Vector artwork does tend to look a little flat and lifeless, so for the final step we’ll switch over to Photoshop to quickly distress the design with some dirty textures. This gives the final artwork more of a tactile appearance with subtle changes in tone.
Open up Adobe Illustrator and create a new document. The document dimensions don’t matter too much, just go to View > Hide Artboards to remove the document boundary. We’ll need a cool colour scheme for our illustration, I picked out a ready-made series of colours from ColourLovers named Enchanted Woods. Paste a screenshot of the palette into Illustrator then create a series of little squares each with a fill using the Eyedropper tool. Use the lightest colour from the palette to create a large rectangle as the background to the illustration.