I signed up for Furvilla, poked around for a short bit and decided to try making an avatar of Mal-sorta using their base. I lost interest in the site pretty fast though, doesn't seem like my kinda thing. My page is here if anyone is curious - http://www.furvilla.com/profile/54919
This did make me want to look into gray-scale painting though. I hear it's really good for learning about choosing uniform color palettes and working on lighting.