I feel like I succeeded in making a vector painting. Below is a gif with the full process from image, something that I haven't recorded before now--from reference to capture the basic outlines of the face and ship to the creation of my own lines and layered pattern and color.
I am hoping to show this piece some time within the next year. It was designed at 3 1/2 ft but the unique benefit to using vector is that this painting can be printed at 40 ft. I am pretty happy to see this finished so I can share some of my process with you as well.