You might have noticed that there are 3D effects built-in Illustrator. 3 of these 3D effects are: Extrude&Bevel, Revolve, and Rotate. I’ll teach you to use the funnest of them all: the Revolve Effect.
Prerequisites: Illustrator CS3/4/5 Some experience with Illustrator
About: In this tutorial, I’ll help you construct a 3-D pawn chess piece.
1. A. Start with simple shapes, a basic circle perhaps. B. Now make other smaller circles near it, trying to construct its “arms” and “legs.”
2. A. Now try to draw lines around the circles to make its body curvy. B. Use pathfinder or the Shape Builder tool (preferable in this case) to add the shapes together meanwhile removing the excess part on the bottom if you’re following by the pictures exactly.
3. Fix up points around the edges so they’re all crisp and clean and curvy.
4. A. Drag out another copy of this half-finished pawn. B. Also, add a different color to this copy so you can tell apart for the next time.
5. A. Drag the copy behind the original but make it so it’s overlapping the edges. B. Be sure to send the copy to the back of the original.
6. Use Pathfinder/Shape Builder to cut out the excess parts; we only need to overlapped part.
7. A. Drag a copy of this new object. B. Now go to Effect>3D>Revolve…
8. You will get the default setting for Revolve Effect but you can play around with options if you want. If you click preview, you can see what your object will look like, revolved.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and produced an object similar to mine.
Also: Here are some other things I revolved.