@Epicraft: Well, nature is usually a great place to start. If I'm ever stuck on a color palate, I'll google animals that are of a similar species to what I'm designing. (eg, aquatic predator, I'll look at aligators, sharks, water snakes, etc) When I find something I like, I'll use the eyedropper tool to make a little palate that I can pull colors from. Also, try laying down texture in greyscale first and then overlaying color on top. See scorge's last post as an example.
I decided to scratch my last sketch and jump into Alchemy to get some fresh ideas. I'll probably refine and polish 2 or 3 of these guys. I figure with 6 more days, I can afford to aim for a better design. Anyone got any preferences?