Thank you! Painter's really good once you get into it and it's perhaps getting better with every upgrade. A lot it has to do with the backroom controls and settings, learning them can become tedious and frustrating(something that can easily be said about Photoshop too...) but the results are sometimes worth the time and effort!
Corel draw? that's a vector drawing program. If you go to Corel's official website you can download a full working version of Corel Painter 12 for a 1 month trial. It's really worth doing if your'e serious!
The texture of the pastel really stands out, did you use a particular canvas or paper type to draw on? I'm experimenting with pastels right now, but they look too smooth in comparison to your textured piece!
Hey thanks! I use the art canvas in preference to the pastel paper textures, they are to 'gritty' and as you mention, end up looking too smooth! try turning up the paper's contrast and brightness too! Hope this helps, good luck!