Just some spooky fun icons to create just in time Halloween. And a fun tip, use Apostrophesas stems! Why try to make a stem when you have all these fonts to choose from and they all have the perfect pumpkin "stems". And, if you want to carve pumpkins I have an older video down with CreativeLive here: Pumpkin carving with Power Toolsand a NEW video just done with CreativeLive that you can find here: Creative Pumpkin Carving
Start with an oval, then duplicate it over itself to create an overlap. Copy one of the oval (for later use).
Select both ovals, then use the Pathfinder to unite the 2 together as one shape.
Past the copied oval and then make it narrower.
Select the oval and then the Scale Tool. OPTION + CLICK on the oval with the scale tool to open the scale dialog box. Set the Horizontal width to be 150%, then click COPY.
Once you have clicked COPY, then use COMMAND + D to duplicate the scale a few more times. This will create wider ovals in the same center location as the original.
Select the lines and change the stroke color to white.
Set the Align Stroke to the inside of the ovals inside the Stroke Panel.
Click with the Type Tool and choose an apostrophe, search through the type faces to find the right "stem".
Place the stem behind the pumpkin and you are done!
Copy the original compound shape from the first pumpkin just completed.
Using the Direction Selection Tool, select the bottom center "peaked" point on the shape and delete it. This will leave an opening in the shape.
Select the shape with the Selection Tool and click COMMAND + J (Join) to close the path and create a flat line on the bottom of the pumpkin.
Draw a line down the middle of the shape, add a white stoke and round (hotdog) the ends of the line.
Using the Curvature Tool, select the center of the line and pull off to the side.
Copy the new line then curve the new line more. Duplicate the left curved lines and then rotate the lines for the right side.
Pick your apostrophe from a type face for a stem, outline the font then fill with a dark brown.
Use the same base shape created in pumpkin #2 for this pumpkin.
Draw a line down the middle of the shape, add the same color stroke as the outline and round (hotdog) the ends of the line.
Use the Curvature Tool to curve the lines, then use the Width Shape Tool to widen the middle of the lines. Copy the new lines then curve the new line more. Duplicate the left curved lines and then rotate the lines for the right side. Add you "apostrophe" stem!
For the 4th pumpkin, use the same base shape created in pumpkin #2 for this pumpkin.
Click on the shape then click on the Draw Inside Mode at the bottom of the Tool Bar. Far right of the 3 dar option icons.
Draw Inside mode is indicated by a dashed line (Clipping Mask). Anything drawn in this mode will "appear inside" the selected shape. This is actually Clipping Mask mode just made a little easier.
Draw multiple ovals while in Draw Inside mode, set them to be different colors an opacities to give the shaded/shadow look.
This is what it looks like in Outline Mode (COMMAND + Y).
Add a stem and an outline to the main shape and you are ready for Halloween.
4 different style pumpkins for your Halloween Fun. Enjoy!