Cruzine very generously share a bunch of vector heraldry elements, such as wings, crests, shields and some absolutely fantastic elements, freely available for your own personal and commercial projects.
Beyond just tutorials, there is now a wealth of websites which offer dedicated or categorised help and learning resources for Illustrator users and related topics. AstuteGraphics lists some of the key sites – by no means exhaustive, but each a leader in their own section of then internet – you should be aware of to extend your knowledge and skills.
If you’re in need of some cool vectors to create a poster for a concert, a print for a t-shirt, a CD cover, an invitation to an event or much more, Vectorious presents a good selection of vintage vector illustrations.
When creating a new brand identity, it’s important to ensure your design is unique and one way to ensure this, is to either create your own font or modify an existing one. JustCreativeDesign shows how it’s done.
Using the Width tool, create variable-width strokes and use various stroke profiles for consistent style in Illustrator CS5. This is a clear video tutorial of a great tool, direct from Adobe.
Vector-Eps has a nice selection of decorative floral banners with plenty of swirls. The file is a 15 Mb Illustrator vector with JPG preview. Check it out.
1stWebDesigner presents a list of 76 free vector resources that he’s found very useful. This list contains various wonderful vector icons, backgrounds, characters and objects that you can use to spice up your designs. Every vector designer has provided the resources in different vector formats: AI, SVG, CDR or EPS.
EchoEnduring presents nine wicked and free heraldry vectors (or collections of vectors). He collected these from a number of of the web’s greatest sources for free vectors, and they come in a variety of different styles.
SpyreStudios have rounded up a huge collection of the very best swirly/curly/floral-based design elements, including vector elements, vector and pixel-based patterns, and Photoshop brushes.
It’s always useful for designers to have a good collection of vector images to use in their design projects. Check out SaveDelete’s compilation of Top 10 Sites To Download High Quality Free Vector Images. Please be sure to read the license agreements carefully before using them.