During my Fall 2008 semester I took Rendering Techniques. Basically the concept was learning to make things look like things. Such as; wood look like real wood, fur look like fur, ect. We worked with Gouache, which I had never used before. It was tough but in the end I can at least appreciate gouache. It certainly isn't my favorite medium but it has it's highs and lows. Below is my project. Both ends were chopped off by my scanner but you still get enough of the image.
From Left to Right [Top]: Wood, wine, handcuffs [metal], dress [fabric]
From Left to Right [Bottom]: Bricks, fur [dog], fur [cat], water [leaf]