So I have long been using photoshop and Painter to make pictures but I never tried out Illustrator. Maybe it was because I didn't know what graphic design was until about half way through college or maybe I just never needed to use any vector drawing. Well anyway this is my first attempt at using Illustrator.
I really struggled with the user interface and the controls. I guess I went into it expecting Photoshop and its definitely not the same. It is kind of neat the way you have a workspace around the active picture area. It felt a lot like making a collage in real life. The eagle is from a photo I took of a lamp post at Union Station in DC.