MattGamer - yea, I have usually in the past started working on a mid-grey background for things such as character designs, but I wanted to try from white this time..gotta experiment! I think it helped me to make sure my lightest lights and darkest darks are there. Thanks!
Kfeeras - thank you sir!
Ok here is an update on the mountain landscape I started, it's just about done...I learned a lot while doing this one, and I also realized I really enjoy doing landscapes! I changed the composition and shape of the mountains quite a lot while working on this, its quite a challenge to get mountains to look convincing and real. I found you cant just use textures brushes, you really have to get in there and define the forms with every stroke, and look at a lot of reference..