I would like to make a complex shape using the brush tool and then use stroke and fills to create color.
I started with one shape made from 8 brush strokes
I selected all of the strokes with the direct selection tool
I am left with a fill that looks like this:
I've tried grouping the brush strokes (right click-group) first with little difference. I've tried converting my shape into a vector (expand appearance) and then applying the fill but Illustrator maintains no fill to the object.
Note: this picture is just an example. The real problem is in a much larger piece that does not lend itself well to the pen tool.