impressionist(NPR) render using fur - any ideas with blender?

Hi,
While surfing the web, I came across this interesting method of none photo realistic rendering using fur (in Maya) . http://library.creativecow.net/articles/cherubini_christopher/brushstroke_paint.php

I am a blender newbie but from what I have seen this should be possible in blender too. (Or maybe better ideas exist).

Can anyone explain this workflow in Blender terminology/tools?

Thanks,