Well, that was a disappointing result. Below is what I managed to achieve in the half hour, not what you'd call a finished piece. I was working with PS Elements, which is a little less familiar to me than the Corell Sketchpad, but still, no excuses, it just sucks.
I kept working on it a bit more, about another 20 mins, and got it to something a little closer to a finished piece, but really, it's not much better than a sketch. Time to watch some more tutorials.