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If you have photoshop then i'd say best way to do it is first make a mask by getting clean selection then use bucket where possible and use brush everywhere else. For your photo, i'd fill colors in a separate layer because then selection would cease to exit if some colors overlap.
Scott is on the money. Also just to answer your issue with colouring the fur for example, you could use the polygonal lasso tool in Photoshop to select the area appropriately rather than creating a closed container using lines.
This is a bit broad, not knowing the style of coloring you are after. If you merely want flat solid colors, then Illustrator's Live Paint Bucket Tool will handle that just fine. Select all, grab the Live Paint Bucket Tool and start clicking. If you want more painterly color (and it sounds like you do) then Illustrator isn't a good tool for that. I would ...
There is no control in Illustrator to set the stacking order of various parts of a continuous stroke. You have to go old-school and manually adjust the stacking. To that, you'll have to cut the stroke into multiple paths, or duplicate and mask the "over" versus "under" parts. As for how the layering work, it is based on the path direction. First drawn ...
I've found Vector Magic to be one of the most accurate auto-vectorizing tools. It grew out of a research project at Stanford quite a few years ago before becoming a commercial product. While not free for continued usage, the online version allows for two free uses. Illustrator and Inkscape's outline tools have improved over the years, but VM has them both ...
You can find a tutorial on tracing in Inkscape, which will accomplish what Live Trace does in Adobe Illustrator. This is essentially asking the application to trace the raster image and create vector paths so that you don't have to draw (or trace) them yourself. Web searches you might try along with "Inkscape": "raster to vector" "bitmap to vector" or just ...
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