This is as far as I want to go with this design. In this final pass, I chose a small soft brush and almost scribbled all over the armour to imply details etched into it. I make use of the liquify filter too to fully resolve areas of form I wasn't happy with. Hope this has been of interest. More tutorials to come soon. Maybe a landscape next.. This image will be in my book out at the end of the year.
This is the final painting, elaborating on one of my recent sets of character sketches. Being very prolific these days and taking many more sketches into final illustrations. This is two evenings work, in my eyes quick..