I'm not sure where to start off...
Sometime ago I stumbled across this site, though I figured this place was primarily for pros or freelancers looking for a job...though after lurking around I found that this place is open to those who are still trying to hone their skills. If I recall correctly I created this account last month.
I am hoping that this community might help me more than deviantART. I've been there for a year now and it feels more of a place to goof around than to get better. People give me praise more than anything, which is very aggravating when a great part of you feels as if there is more to be done to the picture or that maybe there is something wrong that you missed. <Surely one of you guys have had the feeling, right? It annoying like ant bites.>
Right now I am still in grade school. I have not had any real art classes other than the one I took this past spring, which was an Art I class. I learned some things from it, but the class was rushed and the teach often had to focus more on keeping noisy students who couldn't care less about art under control than teaching the material. I've taught myself what little I know over the majority of my life either through trail and error or tutorials online. It's really starting to nip me in the butt. I've been trying different techniques and drawing until my wrists and back ached, and I still feel that my work is very armature.
Speaking of, how do I keep my wrists from aching so much? This has happened five times over the last two months, and it's starting to scare me.
I'll create a new sketchbook later today. It's nearly 3 am here.
...I guess that's all I have to say for now. Thank you for taking the time to read all of that.