Thanks for the replies on my last post everybody, there were many an insightful theory presented.
In other news, my sudden gain in free time has unleashed the floodgates as far as artistic inspiration. One of my current projects is an oil painting of my betta, it's going along really well. I've been taking advantage of the good help available on the Yerf critique forums while working on it.
I posted some process images in my DevArt Scrapbook...