this is my first post so my apologies if its something thats been answered and i just havent found it yet...and hello by the way.
I have a fairly basic knowledge of illustrator and im wondering if anyone can tell me the best way to go about creating an image like:
Of course, there are a couple of ways to achieve this.
You could create a pattern brush of the outer/repeated element, apply it to a curved path, than Effect/3D Rotate.
You could draw the inner element after the 3D rotation is complete.