i'm trying to do this shape:


So i start to figure out with a simple circle with a corner more distant:


and then clone and rotate the same shape:


Basically i want to do this without the 3D effect, i just want to give the appearance that one part of the shape overlap the other one ... but it was impossible to me ... is any way that i can do this ?


  • Cut the shape into pieces.
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 20:19

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  • Create a circle and a tear shape aligned top/center
  • Rotate/duplicate the Tear Shape 120º from the circle center


  • Delete the left/bottom paths of each tear shape
  • Apply Projecting Cap from the Stroke Panel

Three Tears

  • Select the three shapes and Expand Stroke

Expand Stroke

  • Use the Pen to delete points outside the figure
  • Use the Shape Builder Tool pressing Alt to delete overlapping paths

Shape Builder Tool

  • Select the three shapes and convert them to a Symbol


  • Apply 3D Rotate

3D rotate

  • Once done you can edit the symbol by double clicking on the figure to add the gradients and shadows


  • YOu may wish to cut a bit further
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 20:35
  • Outch thats some nasty aetifacts you got in the last picture. You know theres a better way to make the base shape.
    – joojaa
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 21:04
  • Thanks for this incredible explain! But i have a problem, i'm trying to do the tear symbol exaclty like you have but i can't have the same results that you have. For the tear I'm put a circle inside the big circle in the top center and i pull the bottom point in order to have the tear form... but when i rotate the symbol doesn't see like yours... Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 0:58
  • Solved the problem. Also, i can't apply the 3D effect, Illustrator gives me an error "THE OPERATION CANNOT COMPLETE BECAUSE OF AN UNKNOW ERROR [CANT]" Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 2:34
  • Save the file and restart Illustrator
    – user120647
    Commented Jul 21, 2018 at 4:17

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