Here is the step-by-step that I promised to upload. I wouldn't say that it's a tutorial, but more or less of an insight as to how I drew the artwork from scratch to end.
I forgot to mention that in step 5, I merged the colour/overlay layers with the black and white layer of Link for easier clean up and detailing. The background layer doesn't get merged with Link until the very end.
Photoshop CS5 and Corel Painter 11 with a Wacom bamboo tablet was used to create this artwork.
Feel free to ask me any questions below on this step-by-step guide!
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Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I have learned a lot from your process! Keep up the wonderful work!