I really like this. I completely agree about the mesh tool. I freakin' hate that thing. I completely stopped using it. My Illustrator class went over it for like 4 seconds & I was like, "NEXT!!!"
I'm rather smitten with the tool now but starting out was a huge pain. Almost regret making this my first project but the instructor demanded I top one of my other ones, so hey! Thanks also!
The colors seem very vibrant in this. Everything looks really sharp and detailed. Very nicely done.
Gah, this thing is perfect! I think I do remember hearing about the mesh tool, so it's good at least that this came out so well if it was a pain to work with. Very nice.