*laugh* Actually, I hadn't read your journal yet, so I guess maybe I'm psychic.
The funny thing, though, is that I *was* thinking of you, and Nibblekat, when I wrote it, because you'd both expressed the same sort of dissatisfaction that I'd been feeling about your art, and I wondered--in that way you do, where you wonder if it's just you or something common to people in general--if it might be for similar reasons.
I suppose the subconscious knows what it's craving, and it's good to remember that even when Big Art just isn't happening, it doesn't mean we're not improving. Doodling, half-finishing pictures, and even just looking at other art and taking in the world around us are all ways of growing. For a couple of weeks, I didn't even want to look at my sketchbook; I just surfed DA and looked at what other people were doing.
And you know, I think it did give me some new ideas.
Drawing realistically is awesome. I don't think there's any better way to improve in the fundamentals: anatomy, shading, and all that jazz. And a good realist drawing is always cool to look at. But to develop our own styles, we play around with other things too. Maybe you've hit a point where subconsciously, you're feeling ready to branch out and do just that.
Your owl, by the way, is adorable!