This is just for everyone who asked about tutorials or for some advice.
I'm in no position to teach anybody and suck at explaining things anyway, so it's probably better to point you at some other sources.
for example, if you don't already know it: http://www.youtube.com/user/FZDSCHOOL
the youtube channel of Feng Zhu, who's submitting videos done in front of his students and also explains some of the techniques.
idrawgirls blog: http://idrawgirls.blogspot.com/
and the ctrlpaint website: http://www.ctrlpaint.com/
IFX magazine's youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ImagineFX
Digital Painting Video Blog with Bobby Chiu: http://www.youtube.com/user/digitalbobert
Digital-Tutors (3D): http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalTutors
Noah's Art Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/noahbradley/videos
plaidklaus (3D): http://www.youtube.com/user/plaidklaus