At this point, most of the work I do is to get better and get ideas out of my head and onto paper. I am hoping to break into concept art or illustration work as I get better and improve. Mostly I deal with pencils and inks but am working toward digital painting.
I love art and love to see up and coming artists. In the past I have learned a great deal from artists of all calibers and I think they all have something they can teach. Speaking of which, this is prolly going to sound callous and might even make a few visitors to this page mad but; peeps need to stay away from anime. It is cook that it gets them drawing, but the style is pretty much dead in the water. Very few artists grow it and they all learned how to draw other things before they came back to do that.
If you seriously wanna grow as an artist, do drawings from life. See what is really there and not what you 'think' is there. Then, if you decide you want to take on the style of anime and manga; go back to it! But go back to it with all the knowledge and technique you learned doing other things. There is a TON to be learned out there and most of it is outside the canonized styles. Anime is the easy road out and lets face it, there are millions of people doing it. And what will get you is, most of them do it better because they drew from real life first!
Just my two cents, you certainly don't have to agree. XD