I stumbled upon this amazing "how-to guide" designed by Tad Carpenter and commissioned by Adobe called Modern Day Venus. I just love Tad's work and I'm also a huge fan of seeing process shots by artists that I admire. It really gives you an exclusive behind the scenes peek and a whole new respect for how illustrators and designer work. I use Adobe Illustrator daily so this was such a fun tutorial to follow and it also explains some of the new tools in Illustrator CS6, win! Check it out here where you can download it as a .pdf.