Please excuse my extreme novice skills in Illustrator. I took more than an hour to create this, a rather easy to draw Illustration of one of the characters in Family Guy TV Show.
The thing is, I don't know how to fill in it. I have created this Illustration mostly using lines and arcs (that's where my novice skills come to play).
1. I can see a 'Live Paint Bucket' tool, but how do I use it? More importantly, is this specific tools used to fill colour?
2. The cartoon's head is facing exactly at the front. In Photoshop, I could transform the image to follow an angle perspective, how can I perform this in Illustrator?
3. The fill type I'm aiming for is the one in the sample image. I'd like that shadow (darker variation in colours towards edges) too on this cartoon's face and clothes. Can that be done too?
4. Are there other methods to fill (may be like combining paths and shapes to create a single shape or something like this)?
Link for the .ai file : http://sdrv.ms/10SUC1l
Start by grouping items suitably - selegt, hit Ctrl+G. Then you can enable Live Paint groups from teh Object menu as well as transform items together. Getting alternate colors will require using any form of gradient (simple gradient, gradient meshes, blends) or separating items into individual fill areas. That, just like combining items, may require using pathfinder operations, compound paths, otehr stuff. You should search the web for some tutorials based on those keywords in AI lingo...