Dennis, maybe I should have used
in my comment to you, because I agree with your point and am always eager to improve.
To clarify, for this project, GIS was used for a small fraction of front-end work to draw state boundaries, rivers, and help out with the hillshade, but the lions share of the project is done in Illustrator, where I have introduce Bezier curves, redrawn some rivers, etc. I think your point is that the GIS data I chose was too complex, a backhoe, where the job called for less detail and complexity? Though I feel hand drawing 20 US state polygons by hand, plus rivers, etc. could and maybe should be drawn by hand in this instance, but I think when you see the revision, not many will notice a significant difference between the two (?).