Sometimes you get formidable results by taking watercolour on a toothbrush, do some spraying with your thumb or forefinger onto a sheet of paper, then transfer it to AI and make filled paths and some blurring, if that is desired.
There are other ways.
Which version of Illustrator are you using?
Thanks. Yeah, I thought of that. I think I have a vague idea of how to go about it. Maybe creating the shapes and detail then using that form to add a blur effect underneath. I'm using CS5.
Kurt: My thoughts exactly.
Ink or watercolours will get you there faster.
I guess I'm still not clear on how I'd start out in AI. Would I manually create shapes?
Would I manually create shapes?
I think I would start off by scanning in some hand drawn spatter and stuff.
Your example looks as if it would be better suited to Photoshop than Illustrator.
This kind of thing should definitely be avoided in a logo.