This was a tough one but I had to do Mr. Softee. It was a challenge but I feel like I learned basic shape buliding techniques. I didn't include all of the detail/texturing or the typography.
I went in and tweaked some things a bit. It looks a lot better but there is some further tweaking that could be done. Great way to learn Illustrator.
One of the things I'd still ike to learn is how to mottle the brush only on the interior. I'd do that for the ice cream swirl to make it look more like the original. I could do this with a clipping mask... but I wonder if there's an easier way to do this or to edit the brushes in Illustrator.