Cranked this one out for a friend's b-day. I experimented a little with custom Photoshop brushes trying to make it look less digital. I think I still prefer ArtRage to PS for that kind of style, but maybe I just haven't found the right brush settings yet. I realized when I printed this one that the brush texture looks more like a printer error than canvas. This is one of those strange situations where the "natural media" is more apparent in its digital form. Ah well.
Someday I should learn to draw with some kind of vector-based software such as Illustrator, for those times when I want to get crisp lines and shapes. I suppose this could have been one of those times... but clean art takes a surprisingly long time. :P