Illustration tutorial: Creating convincing characters


Illustrator lets you vary your line weights, giving them a hand-drawn feel. Use the Pen tool to trace a heavy line over your sketch, then go to Object > Expand. Choose Expand Path in the dialog box. You can then tweak each section of the line individually, to vary the line weights. This technique sometimes introduces unwanted paths; to remove them, select them with the Direct Selection tool (A) and delete.

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