I can imagine. My only kimono piece so far had no complex pose, no compound gradients (just two colors) and I used only three flowers, but that alone took me all night, never mind something as epic as your piece!!
i did the crane aside .. then i made it into a one shape by selecting (group) .. then i put it in a different layer and placed it under the shadow layer then cute the outside pieces that are sticking out so it looks liek it belongs to the sleeve.. and VUALA! ^__^ pretty sleeve!
awww thats cool i should really think about working on my own designs to make patterns instead of just using brushes and such. i also think it would be a great idea to do a tutorial on how you do these patterns. ^^
I've tried but it never turns out the way I want it too... (T^T - I'm hopeless, LMFAO!
I probably need more patience and A LOT more practice, but so far, every piece of art I've seen that's blown my mind, have all been done on a tablet (which I don't have). So seeing something as friggin awesome as this, done with something as simple as a mouse kinda seems too good to be true. >.<
Hahahaha... Lol. But if she can do it, there may be some hope for me after all >.<
lol believe me I know how you feel cuz i've been through the same thing until I got one of my own. But I find vector work easier to do with a mouse (or in my case the trackpad) I definitely agree that airbrushed and painted works that have been done without a tablet totally boggle my mind aswell!but I guess its the skills as opposed to what tools used though, n practice can get you there... I certainly have a lo0o0ong way to go *sighs*
Anyway, I guess practice is key here and the more you practice the better you get and the faster you become especially when you find your own techniques from trial n error n learning from great artists like Takumy