I know this is a guy, but...I have this character in some of my original fics, General Ia...she's a psi, and one of her abilities is pyrokinesis. She was also born with snow-white hair, which (since she's in the military) she keeps cropped in a bob not too dissimilar to this. So every time I see this pic (and I fav'd it long ago)...I think of her. I really like her as a character.
Normally she's a lot more grim-looking than this expression (you would be, too, if you were forced to see all possible/probable outcomes for the next thousand years, and weren't allowed to go insane), but I like the joyful, almost feral fierceness of the expression in this particular fellow's face. Namely because it reminds me of another character of mine, Jack. This second character is a descendant of Ia's, whose trademark expression in the middle of a fight (and yes, her descendant is also a pyro, but doesn't look very much like this) is a very feral, fierce, unholy grin. Jack is female, though androgynous-looking...and if Jack had snow-white hair, this would be a good example...so it's a blend of both characters.
I like it. Lots. Your artwork inspires me to think of what the book-covers would look like, if/when my stories about these two characters ever get published. So it puts a smile on my face. Not quite as feral...but definitely happy!
Thanks, & hugs,
P.S. I agree; the flames are even nicer with this version...
With the tan, and the white hair but dark brows, if this were a female, it would be an excellent replica of my character, Ia, Prophet of a Thousand Years. (She's a pyrokinetic and a professional warrior, among other things.) Marvelous! ~Lotm
Anyhow some of the aspects of making things look like it's done in painter comes in color. People who use painter tend to use a certain color style, and if you use that color style, you can make something that is done in ps seem vaugely painterly. Also if you choose the wrong colors even if you use painter it wont have the effect. If you're inexperienced I suggest you take say one of Hyung-tae Kim's artworks and eyedip it like crazy.