I’m just learning how to trace images with the pen tool in Illustrator -how do you trace when you have lines protruding from the whole (a line that offshoots) or when you have two objects which need to be flush with each other?
Is there a strategy for tracing a complex image with different shapes, such as a person wearing shirt?
For example, something like this:
Let’s say we have 2 shapes as on your picture (face + head).
I make these two shapes overlapping with the face layer below the “head”:
I duplicate the head layer, Select 1 head and face layers and by Pathfinder operation Minus Back get this perfect match –
Let’s say you should create long ray as you asked.
I choose on Direct Selection Tool (A) and click on the anchor point as in the picture:
Next, I press right arrow to move the anchor point to the desired location:
This is the result:
You can correct the curve operating handles of this anchor point.
Next, I thicken the stroke and expand – the picture will be perfect.