Larger view can be seen here on my DeviantART account.
I’ve downloaded a trial version of Easy Paint Tool Sai and have been working with it. I did three sketches of Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn awhile back.
I opened this one into Sai and shaded it there.
I saved this as a .psd file in Sai (I love this feature!) and used the “Color” layer mode to color it there and add in the background effects.
I really like Sai – it’s really easy to understand and work with. I’ve figured out the basics of it without having to look at any tutorials. I also really love the way the brushes blend. It’s a much more natural feel than working in Photoshop.
The program also has the added venture of being cheaper than a lot of the others out there. For anyone looking for a good program for digital painting and line art, I’d suggest downloading the trial version.