And here is the final color design in Photoshop. I suppose I should do the lettering before I take it into Illustrator for the final rendering. The process of converting a raster to a vector image feels like burning a print to me. I've done the preparatory work, I have a very clear final image in mind -- but the process imposes itself on the results in unexpected ways that complete the final work.
I need to do the lettering now. I suppose. I'll design the type in Photoshop over the image, print it up without the image, trace it by hand, scan it in, composite it with the image, and then it's time for the finishes in Illustrator. So. It's type time. Right.