Update 5/25/13: Thank you for the DD and all of the comments!! In an effort to answer a lot of the questions that have come up, I decided to answer here:
Is it 3D? Nope, all of my work is painted in Photoshop CS3.
Textures? I generally use the basic hard and soft brushes. On the skin I used a speckled sort of brush for pores, etc. Apart from that the rest of it was hand painted.
How long did it take? I don't have a lot of experience with beards, especially close up so figuring that out took some time. Amidst other projects, this piece took me about 2 weeks to complete.
Is it the Big Friendly Giant? It was my inspiration most definitely, but I didn't want to copy directly from the book. This is my own interpretation of a BFG.
This just blows my mind (O_o) just the details on that giant (skin ridges and blood vains running on the hand) is remarkable! Wish I could be that detailed or even had just a small amount of patience to do something like this!!!!
YOU ARE TRUELY AN AMAZING ARTIST
I'm not weird, I'm an artist