well. it seems like you have quite the road ahead of you, Sir.
my advice because everyone around here all has their two cents..
Drop the Deviantart. it's only holding you back. DA is just full of Anime fan art crap..
trust me.. making it go away would be the best thing for online art community.
Concept Art.org.. best art community. it's not as commercial.. the only ads you have here is like.. the massive Black stuff and the CA.org gift shop..
but dont worry about freeware.. MS paint sucks and we all know it.. I'm not gonna encouage it but there are ways of getting around the boundries of cash when you're talking about computer programs.
but yea.. Studies! Pencils! paper! you dont need the Wacom tablet that doubles as a computer screen or the most fancy pencil to draw one line or a plethora of oil paints to paint the god damn cistine chapel.. grab a sketch book and draw some stuff in it. draw some people, or some stuff out of an anatomy book. the more you familiarize yourself with the body, and color, and value, and shading and stuff.. they better you'll get and you'll see the improvement. and fast.. ask anyone it's definatly the RIGHT way to start out.
Witness the contents of mind, the visions and sounds, the thoughts, as clouds passing through the vast expanse - the sky-like nature of mind. The rootedness of Being is in emptiness, clarity and awareness: unborn, unspoilt, stainlessly pure. ~Alex Grey