vibranium has got it!* it's a simple trick of breaking things down into 3 simple line weights than using the 'outline' option to clean up or enhance. another one of those '...minute to learn, life time to master' things. go figure. i'm still going to do he tutorial tho....
jcooper* 'want to cry'? i designed this so people would be balling their eyes out. it's a very emotional piece. oh well. back to the drawing board.
kozik* thanks. i know i've hated you for along time. the 'line weight' is actually a computer 'trick' i just learned and this was the first 'experiment'. i want to give it a few more test drives than i'm going to post a 'tutorial' on another site but i'll give a heads up here to anyone that's interested.
this was a direct experiment from 'gigposters' ( steve walters' work). it was fun but i got to admit it took a hell of alot longer to do than i'd hoped for. i'd like to keep working up this style ala terry gilliam and winston smith. wish me the best.