I accidentally stumbled on new way of painting. This was largely painted with the lasso tool and and large soft brush. I'm feeling very wary of using this method though. Not sure if I should. It saves a load of time to create quick clean edges but it feels like cheating in a way... But it was loads of fun and really pressure free to work this way. I think I'll experiment with it more but wont let it become a crutch.
Anyway.. Maciej Kuciara uses this method some times to create almost photo realistic paintings. Check out his blog: http://maciejkuciara.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-05-13T19%3A35%3A00%2B02%3A00