I both love and hate Photoshop right now. I love it, because it allows me to stick horns, cow ears, and a gnu mane on a bear. I hate it, because although I patiently painted the above image by hand, (using the frankenstiened photograph for a guide) it looks like I just ran a couple of filters over it.
The voice in the back of my head says 'QQ moar noob.'
I'll call it a learning experience. I'm still figureing out this 'paint using photoshop' concept. I'm actually mostly happy with this one. Minus the filter look-alike issue, and minus that I couldn't get the mane to not look like it was stuck on with rubber cement, it doesn't suck. And really, what more can you ask for when learning a new medium?