Remember my post from June when I mentioned about the LiveTrace feature in Illustrator? I used it to vector-ize an image and it did so in a minute and a half (1 min. 30 sec.). I took away the background, made some corrections to the paths and exported the image to a PNG.
Here's the result:
The sweet little girl in the picture is Preethi, aged 11. She's the one who showed me how much fun kids really are. Although her parents died in a car crash about 2-3 years ago, she still has a pretty positive outlook.