Because it's fun having two guys kill themselves over a girl.
Anyway, yay, my first Illustrator piece... took forever, still getting used to the controls.
The samurais were done first in one file. The geisha is another file. The final file is a composite of the figures and the background plus one other layer for the shadow in the foreground and the flare in the back.
Hm... well that's about it. No gradient mesh yet, I'll get round to figuring that out another day. I have to say I prefer Illustrator's color controls. I guess it's just the way the program handles color, for whatever reason the color seems deeper and richer than in Freehand.