I know that Strix is supposed to be dirty, but I can never actually "dirty up" my drawings... The sense of randomness does a number on my head - I like knowing all the colors are in the lines, and all the lines are lined up to other lines.
I also still can't draw backgrounds. I was going to use the picture in the back as a reference, but the idea of drawing all those pots and pans, only to cover up half of it just made me sweat, haha... I usually just end up taking a picture from somewhere and putting a ton of filters on it. I should color on top of it as well, make it like the anime "5 centimeters per second"
Actually, I really disliked the story in Byousoku 5cm, but the backgrounds were really pretty.