So I had to ‘clean’ up my characters, basically reduce the elements, so that any part that I wanted to change colour in one click would do that (and I wouldn’t have to select – and group – a bunch of separate parts). I also had to make ‘families’ for my 4 favourite characters
The pathfinder tool was my best friend throughout this process: ^ I actually didn’t know whether to use minus front or something else…I just clicked and command z-ed until I got what I was looking for…
^ A lot of weird shapes on top of shapes had to be simplified. ^ The tool that I used is highlighted (unite) ^ went in with the minus pen tool ^ these were lines I made with the pencil. I had to expand them into shapes.
^ Had to cut the eyes in this shape (using pathfinder) and then moved the mouth dimples to align with them. ^ I used cmd+y throughout this process. I thought about my paths in terms of how a vinyl cutter would cut them to help me decide how to simplify my characters.
**I also changed the shape of my sad blob’s ice cream based on peer feedback:
^ people had said that it didn’t look like a scoop of dropped/melting ice cream.