You need Illustrator CS5 or later to use the techniques discussed here. While this guide discusses vectoring ponies, the techniques can be applied to any stroke width modification.
While not mentioned above, you can save stroke width profiles for later use. To do this, select the path, then in the (fully expanded) Stroke pane, click the down arrow next to Profiles, then click the Add to Profiles button. The next time you need that profile, simply select the path, then click the proper profile.
has stroke width profiles that can be easily applied to common things such as legs and eyelashes. Use my technique above for more complex items, such as the muzzle.
Lop-sided strokes can be useful, especially for leg tapers. This alternative taper style as described by =Austiniousi fav.me/d6g4c48
, but using the stroke width tool, has now been added.
Everything but the
icon was made by me in Illustrator CS6.
Time taken: about a day of on-and-off work.
I'm happy to announce that there are no raster components in the source!
for helping me develop some of these techniques!
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Edit 20130914: Added an alternative taper style as described by =Austiniousi