Thanks Yeah, it can take a bit to make it look good. Could probably cut down, but there's a time to drawn the line between speed and beauty, and in the case of making something organic, you need enough loops.
Ah, OK. Practice drawing off of Google Images - just sketch their forms, stripes, whiskers... then take on your favorite pic and carefully draw it. You will learn a lot from this. Then you can transfer that knowledge to your custom drawing.