wow! i must say i am completly floored by the outcome of this piece, perhaps i should do more?!
thank you to everyone
alright, i am done. (the vector portion) this is the final minus the blurs + effects. it took me along time! i can't even remember how many points there are, i just know there are alot!!
in total this took me about
22 hours. (on and off)
as always, tool: illustrator 9.