Do you know what is this type of graphic design called? More precisely I mean characters with "shadows", any Youtube tutorials? I use Adobe Illustrator. Here are some examples:

  • Based upon all 3 samples.... I'd merely say 1 color, high contract, character Illustration.
    – Scott
    Aug 4, 2020 at 22:13
  • It's meant to simulate a woodcut or linocut print.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 5, 2020 at 9:25

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That Poseidon emblem could be understood as a simple 1-color or 2-color linocut or woodcut style, mainly because of the sawtooth shading technique. The linked examples are less traditional and might simply be referred to as minimal flat 1-color or 2-color spot illustration. To locate some tutorials search the following phrase: "1 color linocut illustration vector tutorials" and view the resulting images. The results should be in the same visual neighborhood as your examples and hopefully some are associated with a useful tutorial. Swap out "woodcut" for "linocut" and search again. Also, searching for 'linocut' or 'woodcut' vector brushes may be beneficial. Good luck.


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