Here is a project that I did along side of my class I teach at Seneca College in Toronto.
It's a painting of an ocelot based off of a photo. If i find the link, I'll post it.
The goal was to simply recreate a photo of an animal with fur in CS5 as a warm up. They were given a gratuitous amount of time to work on it so that they can get comfortable with the software.
Some of my fans have decided to try some of my assignments.
Hope you enjoy this!
CS4 about 3 hours.