I wanted to find a word within a word and highlight the word within. Cloner is an interesting word because in Cinema 4D you use it all the time to duplicate objects, and it also happens to have the word one inside it. So I chose that. I used the Physical Renderer and turned on depth of field. Then added a camera and played with the f stop to get the right depth of field. It didn't work like I wanted to until I went to Edit > Scale project. I used linear daylight and fog for light.
So I found an old picture of my dad skiing at Lake Martin. I drew a quick Pen & Ink sketch of it, then scanned it in. Took the drawing into Photoshop to fine tune it and color it. I used Levels to darken the ink because the scan mutes the black a little. (Drag middle slider to right). Then added a new layer on top and Image > apply image to stamp all on that layer. Select > Color Range to pick the blackest black. Set fuzziness high. Then cut and paste this selection onto a new layer so that you can color underneath the black. Then turn on the soundtrack to Les Miserables, and boom, a couple hours layer you have a colored drawing! (Didn't quite stay true to likeness.)
When CS6 came out, there was a lot of excitement because of the capability to convert Illustrator layers into shape layers in After Effects. So much can be done with shape layers in AE.
I had fun drawing this baseball field in Illustrator using basic shapes, strokes and, of course, the Pathfinder tool again.
Here is the rest of what I did in a nutshell.
In following this tutorial I learned:
Designed this using mainly the pathfinder tools in Illustrator.
To create the stripes:
To create even stripes, use a grid.