This piece was a commission for a friend ~kaleidosoul
that I finally got done a little while ago. The thing that made this special was that it was to award the first place winner of a contest she held last month. In all honesty, the honour was mine for being chosen for the task and I'm really glad that the lucky winner was pleased with my offering.
I just upgraded Corel Painter from 11 to version 12 last week, and this was the first piece I completed with it. If you're familiar with this version of the program, you can probably tell I took advantage of the mirror painting tool. It's so effective and such a major time saver that it helped me complete the job faster than I could've thought possible. You really have to give it a try yourself to be truly aware that it's far from being a cheap shortcut trick.
PS: The green flames were painted in Photoshop. Lots of color dodge layers.