So I was trying to create a leaf using the pen tool. Each of the 8 stems were drawn as separate strokes using the pen tool. My fill is set to none but still a black fill shows up. a) How do I avoid this? Also, why is this happening? Also, another issue I had was when I tried drawing the paths (stems of the leaf), they would join and automatically fill in with a black fill. So I had to draw them separately and move around the ends of the stem to join using the direct selection tool. b) Is there a better way to join separate strokes(created by the pen tool) without them joining automatically?
Tried searching for something related to this but all I found was how to fill strokes whereas I'm trying to avoid filling a stroke here.