As a child my mother told me that whenever an angel kissed me, that they left behind a freckle. This image is in honor of my mother. May we all have angels on our shoulders.
Technically it required almost every trick and technique known to Adobe Illustrator.
There are hand built brushes, multiple appearances on a single path, gradients, gradient meshes, variable widths, masking, blends, offset paths and more.
Just for fun, I want to show you the path work behind the scenes.