since a few people asked. I tried to do this as a large animated gif (much easier to see than this super long image), but DA only allows for gif under 150x150 pixels . If anyone knows how to post a larger animated gif please let me know.
HERE's a link to a swf file to see it animated...
Again, my process is to sketch, block in colors, blend it, sketch in some more, blend, refine, blend, refine, blend, etc.