It's been awhile since I've done a purely imaginative painting. I actually had started this one back in 2008, so I decided to tighten it up a bit and post it. I have a few more in the works that I hope to finish and post soon as well.
Nothing to say about lighting of course , and i love the dragon's expression , i am trying to adopt your style ( still beginner ) but i would like to know what brush you use to blend colors cause when i use the standard soft brush i lose all my details :s ( and sorry for my english )
Another little question : Do you recommend to use Bevel & Emboss on details to work faster ?
I use Corel Painter 11 for most of my painting and the brush I used for blending is the ArtsOils/WetOilyPaletteKnife. It blends colors like oil paint and is far superior to Photoshops smudge tool that only pushes pixels instead of blending them. I hope this helps.
As for the Bevel and Emboss..... no... I don't use it for painting as it's too limited of a look. It's good for text and simple things, but it does not accurately convey what real light does in my opinion.