https://www.behance.net/gallery/62784931/Desire-to-lose-weight https://www.behance.net/gallery/54576131/Editorial-illustrations-Jan-October-2017 https://www.behance.net/gallery/32957589/Sketch https://www.behance.net/gallery/65089225/Stanley-Park-Brewing https://www.behance.net/gallery/66061121/Identity

These kind of flat minimalist illustrations are seem to be in trend for recent years. Mostly Facebook and Google uses them often. Also I make such illustrations for my company. But I initially thought they are made in pure vector. So it takes me hell lot of time to make these in vector and to add the shadows and effects specially. So my question is how these illustrations are normally made? Vector or Raster Painting or Vexel?

Also on a side note, although not mandatory, I will be very grateful if you share a few resources about these illustrations.

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    Clear vector illustrations with some texture screen mode applied on top, or irregular scatter brushes simulating a coarse airbrush. More and more new-retro style.
    – user120647
    Jun 26, 2018 at 18:46
  • Some of these links list the tools used on the right side of the screen which may be helpful (usually seems to be Illustrator, Photohop or a mix of both)
    – curious
    Jun 27, 2018 at 17:16
  • All but one of these were primarily Adobe Illustrator work, one was done primarily in Adobe Photoshop: all could have been done entirely within Affinity Designer. All these illustrations look like thoroughly thought out, carefully composed and designed, well executed illustrations, and will probably have taken considerable time, either for that individual illustration or for the illustrator to establish a precursor style and workflow: they don't look to me like they can be 6-step recipe or filter or script emulated. TL;DR: carefully designed & illustrated, that's how! Jun 28, 2018 at 20:49

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It's really up to the artist but most often its at least finalized in a raster image editor (Adobe Photoshop, Krita, Corel Paint for example). Some artists will work across a vector platform (Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer), but many in this genre don't bother.

Adobe has featured many artists and guides working on similar styles through their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdobeCreativeCloud/search?query=Illustration

Depending on how involved you get with your layers will determine the best way to apply texture. I've seen demonstrations where the artist literally does the entire illustration on one layer, others where they methodically create new layers. If you create new layers then you can use various texture brushes (or create your own) and simply clip it to the layer beneath so it doesn't leave the edge.

Ultimately these do take a lot of time, technique, and practice to get good at and even longer to then get efficient at.

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