I don’t post about every part of the poster I finish. And normally, I wouldn’t have posted about the part of the poster I just finished if I did not learn a new technique. As I mentioned before when I finished the taxi, I used gradients instead of highlights on the visible corners. It makes it look more like a car. The standard gradients available in Illustrator only make this possible on straight lines. The car used in the famous chase scene in the The French Connection has curved edges. I would not be able to use the standard gradient. In one of the recent editions of Illustrator, they included a tool called the gradient mesh. I have used it before, but I found it difficult to use because it tended to make the grid for the mesh with imperfect lines arranged randomly. So, when I had to make a gradient mesh this time, I decided to make the gradient mesh out of a rectangle first so I could get perfect lines and then just change the shape of the rectangle to fit my curve…problem solved. This process added time because I was changing the shape after I drew it, which is counterproductive in my opinion, but the results were what I envisioned. I’m not sure if this issue was resolved in CS4 or CS5 (And, I’m assuming CS6…I can’t keep up.), but I got to work in CS3.