Monsters are something I started to try and focus on before I got my tablet, so I don't really mind detailing a creature.
I've only had a tablet for a few months, but needless to say I haven't been drawing many monsters. I really should get back into them! I enjoy putting in little intricate tedious details. Which is a good and bad habit.
I used to believe that somehow drawing every blade of grass or every leaf on a tree, etc... would make my picture better somehow, but now the things I really believe are just random details that most people seem to overlook. Things like nicks in swords and armour. Mud caked into boots or hair, blood stains, water drops, broken teeth, chipped nails...
It makes me appreciate an artists' attention to their work, even if tons of people overlook it.
I love studying a picture, I could do it for hours. I look at the leaves and even just bits of fur and I can't help but think "That must have taken so long". It's really amazing what people can do with an idea and a pen. I imagine it can be furiating sometimes, but I really think it's things like that that makes a picture. It shows how much an artist loves what they do ^^ ~~X~~
Sometimes it's best to just work on one section of a picture in intervals rather than the entire thing at once. Depending on the size and intensity of the image, that's when you start hitting like... 140+ layers, And at that point, your wrists start to rebel and hate you.