Yes I saw your art-confession, I think you had some interesting things to say, so here I am. First I'll probably try give you some criticism on your art work. Not in this comment how ever.
You want to improve, I think most people do. My first tip is not to give up. You don't seem to have given up so that's great!
Secondly look at this site --> [link]
it's called ctrl-paint, it's for digital art, but don't worry it has many things about art! It has different tips and practicing stuff. So take a look! Lastly, I think it's good that you like the traditional art. There is so many thing you can do with it, don't limit yourself.
I hope you don't stop drawing! >w<