thanks. i don't really do all this in one sitting so i'm not really the best to try to learn from. besides i'm probably not doing things the "proper" way because i just learned everything on my own so i know how to use it my way, in turn i found what works for me and what i don't like.
Haha. Isn't that what we all do? We might take lessons or watch other tutorials, but then we alter it to fit our own style. I'm just trying to figure out how you made all those shapes and shadows. Like I said, I'm still trying to teach myself the program. Even just a small tutorial on... say the symbol on her chest would be cool. I'm mostly a Photoshop girl so this is brand new territory for me.
oh what i basically do is draw these things on paper first, scan then actually redraw them again on illustrator. one thing that i do that other illustrator user might probably frown upon is that i make lines into shapes themselves so the outline of everything you see there is an individual shape that can be filled with color. that way i have control over the thickness in various areas as well as the color and the shape of edges and how they fit with one another. it's like i'm redrawing the same thing twice again in illustrator because you have the outer outline and inner outline that makes the actual line shape. how many pieces it ends up having depends on the level of manipulation i want. if i want a certain line in front of another and such, having separate pieces allows me that option. i just like the way i do things because i'm able to have so many options about how i want to proceed. often what i start with isn't what i end up with like this one. this version was just an afterthought really, the original was completely different, but with the way i recreated it in illustrator, it was easy enough for me to change it. I call it my non committal vectoring because you can change pretty much anything even after it's done so you're not committed to anything lol.
then after the outlines are done, i pick out the colors that would suit the outlines, then set another layer where i will create the shapes that will make up the filled in color. i always use a separate layer for the colors than the outline so i can just place that under the first layer. i then add another layer, if i feel like it, in between the outline and the color fills for the shadows and highlights and such details. so for my pallet, every color always has at least 3 version: light, normal and dark.
thanks. i'm not sure how to describe how i do it. i'm sure i don't do anything different than what's normally done. i make the shapes then fill them with color. i do make use of the color transition from one to another so they're not all solid colored.