Short and sweet:
How does one work on "polish?" So much of this site is amazing, but since the focus is often so much on improving fundamentals (and it's really big), I have a hard time finding support in moving from a sketch I love to a finished piece that retains that same life and energy. Also, am I doing something wrong, or does it take everyone absurdly longer to create colored, shaded stuff than just line art? I mean I feel that inking alone takes longer than the sketch?!? I dont make that loose of sketches I think :/
Resources and suggested exercises would be appreciated. The art I am dying to create and what I am capable of are two very different things.
One other thing (so much for short and sweet right? ) but what is a healthy attitude toward growth as an artist? I have old stuff I love and old stuff I hate (a major example being my stuff on this site), but I try to not be too destructive so I can see progress. Sometimes though it seems like it is demotivating, when I feel that I still make the same mistakes or I see something I hate again.
I have a hard time seeing myself as a career artist, but like I said, I am not happy with where I am artistically. Without half a lifetime of practice, or a full-time art career (possibly), I don't expect to be a classical painter, but I want to be able to communicate my ideas in an attractive and appealing manner.
(sorry in advance for any typos)