thanks man. Uhh best advice I can give is just to get started and keep moving with it. Self motivation is the hardest thing usually, so just make sure you're having fun and working hard and things should go well and you'll be learning a ton as you go too!
maybe i never broadcast it - but ya I texture at the very end - its just a couple of photos placed over the image with like an overlay setting and low opacity or something like that. But a lot of the texture is from the brushes I used throughout the process - thats most of whats making it look like marker I think