Sunburst effects lend themselves to lots of happy, retro layouts. This video gives you the basics to create one. Play with the Stroke and Twirl settings to juice things up for your projects.
Another great tutorial. This was something a little different and lends itself to lettering and other shapes. This is from Nobu Design and is called Illustrator Trick: Art Brush Lettering.
Once you’ve created the art brush, use it on any path you want.
I found that it worked better if I broke the path on some letters so that the two ends of the brush didn’t munge together and remained distinct and separate.
When life’s too short to stuff a mushroom these quick effects are wicked little go-to brushes.
Another colourful tutorial, this time from Free School Graphic Design.
I call it ‘Buddleia’ circle cos it looks like a circle of blooms from the butterfly tree to me. Call it what you like, it’s just pretty and fun to make. Change the fill from solids to gradients to change the look.
Circle Pixel Logo Design
Free School Graphic Design Tutorial
The sphere above is fairly quick to do – the tutorial is straightforward and easy to follow. You’ll use 3D revolve and mapping art functions as well as the nifty Pathfinder.
When I set up my rows (then groups) of circles – the art to be mapped onto the surface of the sphere I did mine differently.
I used the ellipse tool to create a circle of 25pt. I used the Transform Each (Object>Transform>Transform Each) to create a copy offset by 5pt horizontally (enter 30pt in the horizontal setting to allow for the circle and the space between) then Ctrl>D to duplicate to create a row.
Group the row of circles and go back to the Transform Each option. This time change the horizontal value to 15pt and the vertical offset to 60pt.
Group them all together and then duplicate the double rows till you have plenty to make the Symbol which is used as the artwork to map onto the sphere’s surface.