I've been working on my digital painting techniques. It's amazing how you can read a lot of theory, and understand how everything works, and then not be able to actually apply it. The only way to close this frustrating gap between understanding and applying techniques is to practise, and that is a very slow and arduous process.
But, I'm getting there, and I'm happy with the results. There are two examples below, with the reference picture on the top and my work underneath.
I used Photoshop for the forest as I'm more familiar with that program and building brushes, and I used Clip Studio Paint for the chicken picture. I really like Clip Studio Paint; it has a stabiliser and excellent blending tools.