I figured I'd write a bit of an update, as I've been quiet. This might be a bit disjointed, but as I've been practicing I've also been thinking about what I want to do art wise and how I should get there. I've been looking at a lot of art from different anime "eras" to learn about it and to think about what I'm doing with my art. I've been really impressed with some of the older stuff that I got into anime with, as well as with old PC-98 art. The artists did some amazing things with 16 colors at 640 x 400. What I really want to do is make pics with the sort of energy I see in those older series, as well as those PC-98 screenshots. I don't want, however, to be making "retro" work- I just want to make something with lots of energy and interest. So, that's been my challenge lately. I've been trying to work within my own style as well, to see what I can do. That's just for original art, however. When I do draw fanart, I want to make sure I keep it as close to the original look as possible. That way, I can sort of "keep my bearings" and make sure that I'm looking closely at how pro work is done.
Also, the other thing I want to do is look more closely at various tutorials, and think more about how I can incorporate what I've learned into my art.