so, the thought process is as follows:
I was watching a fantastically skilled artist paint on livestream last week and noticed in the chat a brief discussion concerning layer masks. most people said they never used them. I thought that odd because I use them all the time. and that got me thinking of all the things one can do with masks. which made me think of (I believe) some guild wars2 concept art I saw recently over on cghub which appeared to utilize some masking techniques for some cool effects. so at that point I was too distracted to continue with the project I was working on and instead painted this, using almost entirely masks of some sort.
anyway, yeah. just trying to learn anywhere there is something to learn.