Etoile de la Mer
Here's another Adobe Illustrator work. I used Illustrator for 100% of it except for one stage during the creation of the face. I drew the face in Illustrator, airbrushed it up using Photoshop, then returned it to Illustrator and used "Live Trace" to get it back to vector where I played with it a little more.
What I was surprised/happy with was the pattern on her dress. I made a little pattern and used the "Envelope Distort - using mesh" option to get it to form around the folds. It turned out way better than anything I'd done using the mesh tool before.
What didn't turn out so well would be the type. Not only did I not plan out the design well enough to account for such a long line of text, but Illustrator isn't great with it's "Envelope Distort - using warp" when you're looking for an arc at 100% (Illustrator type on a path gives odd results as well) so I had to do a lot of fine tuning and it still isn't completely right.
The copy is from the last lines of Spe Salve and the angel on the right was ripped off from a bookplate that I like. The rest was "inspired" by lots of stuff...