That's still not bad, lol. xD At least it's clear that you're doing it by hand rather than cheating and using the default photoshop brushes ... only a couple people on here seem to know how to use brushes really well. Whenever I do it, it looks awful, lol. x)
tbh if i knew how to make it look decent id use ps brushes. lol but since im a sai user i only use ps for touch ups lol. & the thing about that grass i dont like, is it seems like it has no body and no glow. but i see what yopu mean about putting effort in and doing it blade by blade :3
I've not got paint tool SAI but I'm going to get soon, I reckon I'll be rubbish at first because all these complicated programmes are hard to pick up, at least I'll be getting a graphics tablet along with it
A lot of those programs can be hard to get used to. If you have any questions let me know ... I know the bare-bones basics of SAI and PhotoShop. So I know some things. A lot of it's just experimentation and seeing what works for you.