A friend of mine once pointed out to me that I seem to get a real kick out of using the wrong tool for the job, or using a tool in the 'wrong' way, while painting. I thought about it and decided he was absolutely right. As a result this thing here happened (presented both with, and without monster).
This was painted almost exclusively using the stamp tool. Also featured are the marquee, a couple masks, some adjustment layers, and a couple filters. What I did not use in this painting, aside from refining a mask here or there, was the brush tool.
It started out as a photo collage:
Which I coerced into a (mostly) coherent image. I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with the image, I might work on it more or something later, but the process was a blast and it'll be fun to try to mush it into a more controlled workflow.