Illustrator Tutorial: Gradient Mesh Flower

i was looking at the gradient mesh flower tutorial on the spoongraphics blog site. the tutorial was very well done with 21 steps to just create a flower pedal. they use several tools starting with the pen tool, and they include the shortcuts (which are very helpful). when he started using the mesh tool i was very interested because I have never tried using that particular tool before. he also added shadow midtones chaning the CMYK values. the final piece, if you were to work that hard on each pedal and leaf was a very beautiful flower design that looks like it has a sharp light source coming from above.