One of the great aspects a creative application like Adobe Illustrator CS6 is that there is often more than one way to do things, and there’s not necessarily a “right way” — it’s more a question of personal preference, or of the exact style that you’re trying to achieve.
In her recently released v2b course Getting Started with Illustrator CS6, Angie Taylor looks at two different ways of creating shapes. In this video, she covers the fairly straightforward approach of combining simple shapes into more complex ones:
And in this one, Angie looks at a more creative technique that involves using the Blob Brush tool to create a solid shape from which you carve pieces with the Eraser tool, much as a sculptor would chip away from a block of stone:
Getting Started with Illustrator CS6 doesn’t just cover core techniques like working with artboards, understanding layers and objects, and making and moving selections; it also offers lots of tips for experimenting and combining tools in unexpected ways. Until you get in there and start playing around, you never know what you might end up with.