For me personally, back when I was doing the artwork, I just used Photoshop to thoroughly clean everything up nicely since I'm pretty fast with it, then vector small pieces at a time with Vector Magic then piece them back together. I did a few using Illustrator way early on but never really got comfortable using it as it seemed too slow of a process.
Would love to get back into it but the last few times I've tried, I get pulled away from it for various life reasons.
I do check the forums regularly still and everyone is doing some good work.
"What is dis place?" "Keep your eyes peeled!"