He's a prince, he's a god. I was playing around on the computer thinking about how I have some awesome friends. If you don't know who Thomas Stemrich is now, I promise that you will.
I used Corel Painter 11 on this one, fact is, most of my last posts have been done entirely with Painter. I use a Cintiq now, so it's pretty amazing how simple it is to get some good stuff. It's all technique not necessarily the tools, so I try to focus on that more than the fancy brik-a-brak. There are some pretty great tools out there though, and I dig on Wacom and Corel.