Finish working on either your 2 emoji masterstudies or a tutorial of your choice. We will be posting these to our blogs. When you finish, you may begin gathering reference images for your own 2 created emojis. Your finished emojis should have a highlight and shadow area and/or a gradient and visually “fit” with existing emojis. Do not copy an existing icon/emoji.
Your Emojis might include a drop shadow (Effect > Stylize > Drop > Shadow) or a stroke color. You might use the ellipse/rectangle tool, gradient, pathfinder tool (Window > Pathfinder), Eraser tool, various effects (Effect > Warp, etc.), Reflect (Object > Transform > Reflect), eyedropper tool.