I am trying to create this smiley face with sort of brackets at the end of the smile.
That's 3 paths. One for the smile and two for the brackets. All of them only are strokes and don't have fills. (stickman style)
I want to join the end of the smile into the middle of the brackets, on each side, and don't want the smile to become a mouth when I unite them in pathfinder. Is this possible? So far I couldn't find any solutions.