Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is different than Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop's images are made of pixels, so if you are scaling an image up or down it can quicky lose its quality.
Adobe Illustrator is an advanced vector-based software. It uses uses mathematical constructs to create vector graphics. A vector graphic will never lose its quality if it’s scaled up or down.
Unlike Photoshop, it can’t be used easily to modify images that are already created, since there are limited filters and image editing tools available to you. Ilustrator is better for creating your own images and logos.
Tutorials to help you get started:
Complete Beginner's Guide to Adobe Illustrator
12 Beginner Tutorials to Get You Started with Adobe Illustrator
Adobe's Video Tutorials:
What Is Adobe Illustrator?
How to Draw with Shapes, Lines, and Colors
Add Painterly Effects with Brushes
Draw smooth lines and shapes with the Pencil tool
Assignment 1: Create an Image by Building with Shapes
Use the tutorial video "How to Draw with Shapes, Lines, and Colors" from above to create a simple drawing of a landscape using shapes.
Assignment 2: Create a Character by Drawing in Illustrator
You can use the shapes and pencil/pen tools in order to create a character using this program. Here are some tutorials to get you started:
Illustrator Cartoon Tutorials
Additional Illustrator Cartoon Tutorials
Design a Christmas Deer Tutorial
Create a Panda Bear Face Icon
Create a Raccoon Character