After getting tired of doing my pencil sketches (gesture drawing and random faces with shading in order to learn more about values), I fired up Painter 11. Opened a default template and started painting with knife, then oil flat brush. I'm surprised how it has turned out!
Yay, painting on one layer with no effects in photoshop has really helped! Not to mention the values study I have been doing.
Painter 11, imagination, and about 1 hour.