Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Design symmetrical character art

Step 8 Now let’s draw the swirly vines. Again, we draw only the left (or right) side of the illustration and then reflect it. Try to draw lines by hand using the Pencil tool as this gives a more spontaneous feel to your image. They don’t have to be perfect, but try to limit the amount of adjusting they need.

Step 9 Next, clean up the points you don’t need from the lines – use Delete Anchor Point (-) from the Pen menu. Fewer anchor points means a better flow. Drag the curve handles on the anchor points (use the white arrow) and tweak them until the lines have the right flow. This will take some time and practice.

Step 10 Now let’s make the flowers to go with the vines. This can all be done the same way as we made the other shapes before. You can either copy the central figure, resize it and add some new detail, or you can play around with new shapes if you prefer. 

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