News April 6, 2012 8:56 am

How To Create a Vector Sponge Art Effect in Illustrator

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I’m sure we all remember painting with sponge (or potato!) stamps as a child, but back then we didn’t really appreciate the cool distressed effect the printing technique created. Today designers and illustrators strive to add that retro/vintage style to their work with textures, so in this tutorial we’ll cover the process of creating a cute kids style illustration complete with a vector sponge stamp effect.

We’ll be creating this cute turtle character as part of this tutorial. The overall styling of the character is super simple with large round shapes and irregular lines to relate to the kids theme, then a range of vector texture elements are used to distress the solid shapes to create an old print or stamp effect.

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