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I've been struggling to fill this entire pencil-like shape with this gray gradient. It always stops bluntly at the tip, leaving it empty. How do I get it to fill all the way from the point? enter image description here

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    it is hard to know what is going on without more information like knowing how your shape was created- it seems that either you have 2 shapes there- a rectangle and a triangle- so the triangle is not filling with the gradient or if it is truly only one shape then possibly you have 2 gradient stops directly on top of each other (which will create a solid line division like you have- try and go to the gradient panel and drag the grey or white gradient stop and see if there is another one below it – Kyle May 28 at 3:41
  • With a clean shape and a clean gradient, this should not happen. Something is wrong with either the shape or the gradient setup, and we can't guess that by just looking at the picture. – Lucian May 28 at 7:04
  • Looks like there are two shapes - not a single closed path. But that's only a guess. – Billy Kerr May 28 at 8:21
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As already said by others, the triangle probably is a separate path or 2 paths. You should select the outlines, press Ctrl+J few times and check what happens.

Not asked: Here's a screenshot from another case. Illustrator's 3D effects can be used to test different possibilities which kind of gradients can be used and what glosses are needed:

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Unfortunately only simple geometric forms are possible. Illustrator can revolve and extrude 2D shapes. This pen is a group of three simple shapes which has got Effect > 3D > Revolve. The group is in the left.

The shading is generated with math and it fits well into the geometric form and light settings. By making some experiments with this a beginner can find the idea what is needed when he draws all in 2D.

The conical part will be tricky because both linear and radial gradient fit poorly. Better result can be got with gradient mesh, blurring or blending.

Note: There's nothing wrong in using 3D effect in the final drawing if it gives the wanted result.

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  • i'm still new to illustrator so i wasnt sure what details were needed to answer this question im sorry if u had trouble figuring it out.i ended up tracing it with the pen tool to have it fill in u.u . it was created by drawing a rectangle and adding too lines to the tip to make the point. i tried compounding it to make them into a single path but that didnt work. thank u for ur help though ill definitely try again with ur advice! – sausage_fish May 28 at 21:03

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