Hey, haven't been in this section of the site for a while...

I've been working on this piece for longer than I want to say (two and half hours?). I think I get distracted too easily...

Anyhow, I'm really struggling to work out good techniques for blending in Corel Painter IX. I really would like to avoid blending stubs (which I have so far) and am trying to figure out how to use opacity to my advantage. As of yet, this is a good bit more sound of a drawing than what I normally get out of my time, but I digress.

I also need tips on how to add in a simple background when I stupidly forgot to put the character on a separate layer than the base background color. Anything other than to just caerfully paint around it?

Please, any tips, crits, or general comments are much appreciated!