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I am trying to create the first image:

enter image description here These are my results: enter image description here

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I am using Illustrator and the blend tool.

  1. How do I get that color difference?
  2. that darker smudged outline?
  3. How many lines have been created?
  4. I want that depth, how can I achieve that? Mine looks like very lame...
  5. Do you think they're using a reduced opacity mask behind the lines?
  • The depth is created by creating different sets of blends. – WELZ Jan 15 '19 at 16:39
  • Hi Allydesign, this answer can help you – user120647 Jan 15 '19 at 16:42
  • @WELZ It doesn't give the same effect as the original graphic... – Allydesign Jan 15 '19 at 16:50
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    @Allydesign it can help you reading well the answer and checking there are more than blends. – user120647 Jan 15 '19 at 17:20
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    @Allydesign hi, I'm one of the moderators here. Above you wrote a comment to Gerard. Could you please instead put that comment on his answer. He will get notified if you put it on his answer and able to help you. – Ryan Jan 15 '19 at 21:59
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I feel like this has some of the visual language you are looking for... and this one was created using not blends, but transform effects applied in Appearance Palette, and feather, outer glow and opacity for the softening

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And this one's intentionally much closer to your inspiration example, as I threw it together super-fast just for this question... and these are blends, using outer glow, feather and opacity states to control the edge conditions.

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And here's the final output as a png:

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