Well. This is it. In an uncharacteristic burst of motivation and determination, I have finished this character request. I think I have reached the peak of what I can do at my current skill, time, and equipment level. To progress past this, I'd need more time, better equipment/applications, as well as possibly actual classes. Which, I can't do - I'm in PhD now for Biology, once I start that in the Fall, won't be doing art that is as time consuming as this for a lonnng time.
I almost didn't post this -- I don't want to be held to this new standard (omg this took me so long to do, I don't want to do this again anytime soon), and it's almost...sad, to know that for a long time, this is as good as I'll get. But, here it is. For public viewing. Oof.
Done in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.