My Illustration professor had me look at a great digital painter and concept artist named Feng Zhu. He has a ton of great tutorials and he talks about the industry, digital painting, and a lot of other really interesting and helpful things. I wish I could afford to go to his school! Oh you can see his site here!
anyway, after watching some of his videos, I felt like i needed to loosen up and be more expressive, and not work so much on details right away. I did a 1 hour painting here, using a photo reference only for some inspiration. I like the feel of this for the most part. I spent some time getting to know some new brushes that I made and making some new ones. Im really liking this and wonder how this will work when I do a character or something. I always want to do hard edges, and I'm trying hard to find a middle ground where my edges aren't so boring. also trying to come up with a cool sig. meh.