Its been a long road but I am happy to say that its been worth it. My thanks for the previous responses as well as future ones. Its greatly appreciated.
Okay, so I got 3D invitorator for After Effects and I have actually been able to bring in Illustrator objects into invigorator so that After effects shows them. To keep things simple and academic, the object is really simple - its a smiley face and its been colored RED within illustrator.
Here is my dilemna. How do I give that smiley face COLOR inside of invigorator. Actually, from within invigorator which is within after effects?
You need to focus on the material library and material editor. Yes, you can bring Illustrator files in using their native colors, but that's really just the start.
Search the documentation for the word material. That should give you a start.
The next level of complexity (and power) is using layermapping. the cool thing about that feature is that you can apply anything you can put in an After Effects precomp or layer onto an object made in Invigorator.