vector graphics beyond simple boxes or circles.
The upside is, if you are familiar with Photoshop's Pen Tool at all then you have a leg up! The Pen Tools in Illustrator and Photoshop are not identical, but they are very similar and becoming proficient with one will definitely help you with the other.
The downside is, the Pen Tool is also probably the most difficult tool to learn to use in Illustrator. In truth, all it takes is a little understanding and practice.
The Pen Tool is a difficult little bugger to explain too!
While I'm naturally partial to the Pen Tool tutorials here at Illustratortips.com (Drawing Paths & Shapes: Pen Tool-I, Drawing Paths & Shapes: Pen Tool-II), I understand that everyone learns differently and it may take a few explanations for everything to "click". So, I ventured out onto the world wide web to find a few tutorials that I think do a good job of explaining the various aspects of the Pen Tool and it's use.
Now roll up your sleeves and get to work!
1) Illustrator’s Pen Tool: The Comprehensive Guide by Ian Yates - Posted at VectortutsNot only does this post cover the essentials of using the Pen Tool, but it goes deeper with a great explanation of how to set up your Preferences to suit you. This post also includes a downloadable Pen Tool Exercise file that you can walk through for practice.
2) Adobe Illustrator Tutorial! ::The Pen Tool:: YouTube video by Tutvid.comComprehensive and in-depth Pen Tool video tutorial.
3) Illustrator Pen tool exercises by Veerle Pieters at Veerle's BlogYou can download another practice .ai document that explains how to create different shapes using the Pen Tool.
Hopefully these tutorials helped you to get a handle on the Pen Tool. Good luck and whatever you do, don't give up on trying to master the Pen Tool in Illustrator. Once you get comfortable with the Pen Tool, I promise it will make a huge difference in how comfortable you are using Adobe Illustrator.
Please leave a comment and let me know which tutorial helped you out the most!
Here are a few site tips that involve the Pen Tool:Drawing a Cartoon Face
Make Your Own Clip Art
Beautiful Vector Illustration
From Sketch to Vector Illustration