Here's a finished piece (a detail) in Photoshop and the same piece reworked in Painter:
I changed it to black and white to better try and figure out Painter and work with only value. It seemed to help. Right now I'm excited about the nose, and the light streak just behind the jaw. Other than that I'm still just trying to figure it out.
There hasn't been a whole lot of updating going on here for sometime, unfortunately.
I've been swamped with work (which is a real good thing) but means very little updating. My thanks to those of you who've stuck with me through the lean times.