Seems I won't be doing any 3D rendering anytime soon. My graphics card decided to stop working with a sound that sounded like a whip crack. I guess it just didn't want to chug along over night rendering hugely intricate models and I don't have the spare income to invest right now in a new one.
...so it is back to pencil, paints and paper for the moment. Thankfully my watercolours aren't likely to short circuit, so it is giving me a chance to try and loosen my style up a little. I am even hoping to try my hand at some Photoshop character designs if I can build up the courage!