HOLY CELESTIA'S MOTHER OF GIGANTIC TUTORIALS, BATMAN
Sorry the tutorial is so long, but that's just how I make 'em! Hopefully it'll be useful to you all.Part Two: [link]Edit:
Somebody told me there is a sweet tool in Illustrator CS5 called the Width Tool. It lets you change the width of lines at specific points without having to convert strokes to outlines! I suggest you use that. Check out this tutorial: [link]
All you need to do is add a width point at the end of the stroke, double-click it, and change the total width to zero.Edit two:
I was informed of the "Draw Inside" tool also found in CS5. This tool automates the usage of clipping masks and makes them much easier to use. Check out a video here
Here is the finished vector: [link]
And you can download the SVG here, layers and everything: [link]
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I'm here to help.
If you find any errors, please tell me so I can fix them.