and done. I really like the way this came out. I'm pleased, and i'm gonna continue using PS. PS handles layers much better as well, with Painter, I really couldn't get anymore than 4-5 layers without experiencing major drag. (and weird effects would take place when you flattened it, depending on each layers mode).
Now to start up that animal challenge. I think I may go with either Red Panda or Echidna (a really cool little animal, like a porcupine, but shyer and has a long snout)