This illustration is what I am currently working on. It started as a poly proxy image that somehow got so unmanageable that I trashed the low poly image and was left with this huge poly image( as you can see in next pic).
I could have trashed it and started over but I figure that there is something to learn in this so I'm going to finish it.
Manipulating all these vertices is a huge task. I'm sure there is some way to lower the poly count but I don't know it yet. I will eventually get the lines into hand, knuckles right and texture it. The whole thing is an exercise in patience but I am learning, (albeit at an infinitesimal pace).
I have accepted that this 3-D experience is like meditation.