It’s done … and doesn’t really look like it.
After literally spending aeons ‚finishing‘ this, in the end, I’m still not satisfied with the outcome. But I had to stop at some point because the project started to bug the hell out of me.
At least I’ve learned two things:
a) Never ever again will I do shading in Illustrator without learning how to use that fucking gradient mesh tool. Never. Ever.
b) Never ever again will I do such an illustration in … well … Illustrator. Next project is executed with my 21-inch Wacom tablet with built-in screen.