Next, I drew out the life preserver. Using the Ellipse Tool (L) I drew two circles for the inner and outer rings. With the basic shape formed I added four rectangles using the Rectangle Tool (M), rounded off the corners using Live Corners and then added the textured lines and rope.
Grave Etcher | Vector Engraving Brushes worked great. I simply drew a couple of circles and added the stroke. The rope texture was next. It’s a freebie brush I found with a Google search. Sorry, I didn’t save the site, but it should be pretty easy to find.
The helm followed. Again, drawing a few circles with the Ellipse Tool (L). Then, drawing the handle and spoke using the Pen (P), Rectangle Tool (M) and Live Corners. The shapes were all created with white fills and black strokes.
The black etching inside was a series of slim triangles along one side. After the triangles were drawn, I used a Clipping Mask (CMD + 7) to hide the ends.
The bird silhouettes and wave followed. For time and budget, those were purchased from stock art. The decorative linework and banner tails were then drawn with the Pen Tool (P).