Here's an illustration I did in 2002, I think. I believe this was one of the first pieces I did as a freelance illustrator. I remember it took me forever to finish. My style has evolved quite a bit in the last 6 years. I used to use photoshop a lot more. Nowadays I'm about 95% Adobe Illustrator. I'm planning on using more photoshop in the future.
here's an early Illustrator piece that I did for TV Guide, around the same time (2002 or 2003).