How I Vector Rosie The Riveter Pig in Adobe Illustrator

This week, I thought I’d show you how I vector Rosie the Riveter Pig in Adobe Illustrator.

How I Vector Rosie The Riveter Pig in Adobe Illustrator

How I Vector Rosie The Riveter Pig in Adobe Illustrator

This is a drawing I have had done for a long time, you may have seen it on my Instagram feed. But this month I have been remodeling my office area. And, I decided I needed some artwork.

I bought nine square frames for one of the walls and I figured that it would be fun to draw out some of my favorite drawings on Instagram in black and white to put in them. 

So, I have been bringing my screenshots into Illustrator and vectoring the line art so I can scale them and clean things up. As I always say, I love my Adobe Illustrator! Vector programs allow for scalability without quality loss. Unlike Procreate or Photoshop, Illustrator is my go-to for final artwork.

Why I Vector in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is great for flat style art and I highly recommend it as I’ve used it for over 25 years. I get that some people love free apps or other ones on the market for the iPad, but this will always be MY tried and true!

I had another blog post scheduled for today but I had to switch things up as that one fell through – and since I was already doing this, drawing, I decided I would record it and chat with you.

It’s informal, not really a tutorial, but more of a watch me draw type of video.

I hope you enjoy it!

Watch How I Vector Rosie the Riveter Pig in Adobe Illustrator

What I Use

  • I use an iMac Pro
  • Adobe Illustrator

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About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe


  1. Sonia on January 27, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Holly, now that you got illustrator out of the way what will you use to color the illustration?

    • Holly McCaig on January 27, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Nothing. As I said at the beginning oft he video I wanted black and white line art for this project.

  2. dondi on February 1, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Do you sell this image?

    She is stunning!

    • Holly McCaig on February 1, 2020 at 4:44 pm

      Not at this time! But thank you! 🙂

  3. denise on March 23, 2023 at 9:20 am

    enjoy your work and teaching, question or direct me to any video you have to learn. On the fence on Adobe Illustrator.
    Now desktop or laptop version is one question? Am new to this just getting started, need to learn and stick with it.
    Procreate you do this artwork, do you have to redo the line work again for a vector file?
    My thought was…. Duh is just bring it in illustrator and wala its a vector file.
    I take it this is not the case. So much to learn, am a oldie but a goody lol trying to understand all the language. You inspire me. Digital is were am heading to do mostly. Digital planning, stickers, procreate but I trying to understand the whole process from beginning to end of product.

    • Holly McCaig on March 24, 2023 at 8:46 am

      Hi Denise. Thank you! 🙂 AI is fun. I know people are using Affinity now too. But I’m just an AI gal from the mid nineties!
      There is no version difference for a laptop or desktop.
      If you watch through my blog videos, I like to sketch and draw in Procreate, and vector in AI. They are different types of programs. Procreate is raster and you cannot scale it bigger without losing some quality. AI is vector and it can be infinitely scaled. Start here to understand my process (there are three posts in total):

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