Ok, so back to this Illyana piece, here's what I got so far. Not bad if I do say so myself. This is my 2nd time attempting this painterly style. The first time came last week, when I accepted a commission from an agency in Wisconsin. Their project required a photo-realistic style so I kinda just dove into it hoping for the best. It's crazy how I actually learn stuff sometimes.
Photoshop does take a longer time to get to where I want it, but I have to say that the payoff at the end is kinda worth it. So I guess I don't totally hate it.