I wanted to work on painting some original characters again but then I realized I already had some decent ones started--it's just a couple years ago I didn't really know how to push them farther so I just called them "finished sketches" and left them alone.
Originally conceived for a ConceptArt.org CHoW in which I was unable to participate, I figured I'd finish it up. According to what I read there, "berserker" literally means "bear shirt", so I took the idea of a guy who uses bear parts to scare his enemies. Thus the bear skull and claws on his back. *shrug*
I did a lot of experimenting with texture in this one, laying it down early and strong, and building up on top of it. Also my first outing with Photoshop CS5, which is a huge improvement over my old CS2.
Thanks to *jbcasacop for his excellent texture brush tutorial and to =Smoko-Stock for his great textures.