Drawing a vector star might seem easy with all the tools available in a vector software. Indeed, you don't even need to create the basic shape yourself. Most vector software are now gifted with simple tools that will do the job for you!
So why a tutorial on how to draw a star with a vector application? Simply to give you a few tips on how to create nice shadows and gradient effects to make sure that your star is hot and fun to look at!
First, create a star using the shape tool from your software. Color your star with a bright yellow color and create a thick outline that you can color with a darker tone of yellow.
Next, use your gradient tool and add some depth to your shape. Make sure that the color of your outline is darker than the darkest color available inside your shape. Otherwise, some parts in the middle or on the bottom might be hard to read.
Then, create another shape (you can clone the original shape and reduce it in size a little bit) and color this new shape in white. Use your transparency tool to make the bottom part almost totally invisible. See the black image on top above to have an idea of what the shape looks like when it's not applied on the star.
Duplicate the last shape you have created and use a circle to cut this new shape like the one available on the black image above. This second reflection is perfect to create more volume on your star.
Finally, you can add a small shadow below your vector star. Some vector software already have tools to create custom shadows. Otherwise, just create it yourself using a duplicate of the shape of your illustration. There you have it! A simple cartoon star filled with great effects created easily!