I am learning Adobe Illustrator and I am trying to understand how to get that smoother transition between the shape and the line. So far my attempts have been unsuccessful. The curves are still to clear and unbalanced and so is the transition. Can I get it just by using the pen tool or is there some grid system plus shape builder tool involved here?




My attempts:

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    It simply takes practice and familiarity with how Bezier curves and their handles will create artwork. PenTool
    – Scott
    Mar 19, 2020 at 18:24

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You could use Illustrator CC's Rounded Corner Widget functionality.

Draw a shape without curves, then select only the corner widgets you want to round by Shift+clicking them to make a multiple selection, then click and drag them to make the curves.


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  • Thank you so much!
    – paperboy
    Mar 19, 2020 at 18:42
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    Oh, a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.
    – Wolff
    Mar 19, 2020 at 23:23
  • @Wolff exactly! LOL
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 20, 2020 at 8:50

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