Good to see so many lurkers coming out to play, the more the merrier.
Rooster: so I'm a lurker am I? Say it ain't so, say it ain't so....
Japhir: I'll usually do basic comps/a few manipulations in PS, but I do most of my work in Painter IX these days, which accounts for the brush marks and grain. Then I bring stuff back into PS to size down and unsharp etc.
There's a great classic anime feel to that one, Ninjas.