Update: Youtube Video showing my layers one by one [link]
Program: Illustrator CS6, 100% vector
Tools Used: Gradient mesh tool, pen tool, vector brush, blur tool
Time: Completed over a two week period, 100+ hours
No tormentors where used in the creation of this vector!!!
I finally got this one completed. For those who say my work look like photos, but the hair wasn't on par with the face. Well, I went a step further to try and make the hair look better. You wanted more realistic hair, well you got it. 95% of the hair in this vector was created by the gradient mesh. It was no easy task, but I got it done, but these vectors are wearing me out, lol. I love the challenges people, but I think this will be my last detailed gradient mesh.
The body has a slight blur on it. The background has no blurs, it was scattered colors using the mesh tool, it gave a nice blur effect. Enjoy.