I emailed him for permission, and he said, 'OK by me, i'd love to get a copy when you're done.'
Coolness, vealj. Please feel free to download and print the high-res copy of the painting.
This one took about two hours, with multiple layers. I used a wet brush to lay down the background and the main colours on the body. Then I started working with a dry brush to get the details sorted. Finally, I used a wet brush to do the shadow work.
This painting was made using ArtRage 2.11 on my Toshiba Tecra M4 tablet pc.
[UPDATE 14 July 2006:] Just got the Illustration Friday topic for today. It's 'Aging'. And I think this pic fits beautifully.
[UPDATE 14 July 2006, a few minutes later:] Apparently 'aging' has already been used as a topic before, so they've put a new one up... 'sacrifice'. So my pic has been 'sacrificed' at the altar of newness. Blah.