Mario Pipe Snake Wrap Around

Okay, so I’m very new to Illustrator. I want to have a mario pipe ‘snaking’ around another mario pipe. I’ve managed to get a style that looks like a pipe when I use the pencil tool, and I’ve got the following:

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However I can’t get it to look like it’s wrapping seemlessly around the pipe. I’ve tried cutting the large pipe into pieces so that I can have the top bit in front of the small pip (so the top of the small pipe looks like it goes behind the large pipe again), But because the black around the edges is a stroke I end up with a black line going the through the gradient of the large pipe.

So here is me trying to cut the rectangle of the large pipe up:

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See what I mean? Apparently there is no way to get rid of the stroke on a particular side in illustrator.

So I thought I could cover it with another rectangle gradient over each join, but then I couldnt line them up for some reason.

Any suggestions?

Answer

Instead of creating multiple pipe segments you could use a clipping mask on your snake pipe:

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Just create a shape (or a compound shape, it doesn’t matter) that covers the area you want to stay visible, then select it together with your snake shape, Object > Clipping Mask > Make.

I’d use rectangles for the clipping mask, it’s quick/easy enough to create and to align properly to your existing pipes.

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