Jonny Wan’s distinctive, fresh illustrations manage to seem both mechanical and handmade: their characters are composed of intricate, symmetrical vector shapes so that they seem almost clockwork, yet the finishes he applies remind us of woodcuts.

"Every object can be broken down into a combination of various shapes," explains Wan. "The great thing about working with shapes is that the experimental possibilities are infinite."

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to combine, merge, and manipulate ships in Illustrator to create an intricate illustration based on a Russian doll.
If you’d prefer to concentrate on the texturing and colouring aspects of the tutorial,  you can find the vector file in the download link – this is to be used for this tutorial only.

Software

Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop

Time to complete

3 hours