Here's something interesting for all us wannabe artistic types whose skills are strictly grade-school level --

www.heromachine.com

I mention this because I recall a thread where we were discussing those little sprites with big heads and little bodies, that people use for illustrating their RPGing characters, or fanfic characters. The above site offers free (so they claim) software that produces a much more realistic finished character drawing. Examples of some characters people have created using this software can be found here:

http://www.heromachine.com/2009/12/1...hts-i-gallery/

Seems pretty adaptable to almost any kind of character. I haven't had the time to try my hand at this myself yet, it might be a while. I'll post something of my own after I've had a chance to download it and play around with it a bit.