I'm a long time reader first-ish time poster (might've had a false start a while ago). The extent of my art education is three years at an art magnet high school (changed schools senior year... long story) followed by one or two classes since getting to college. Plus 2.5 hrs a night drawing from life and photos while at the magnet school and absolutely constant doodling since then.
I'm not fully satisfied with my skills so far. Drawing from real life gives me pretty accurate (if not always good) results, while drawing from my head things always turn out highly stylized (in one of a number of styles, none of which looks as real as my drawing from observation). I need a better understanding of the things I draw. Also, damn near everything I've done so far has been in mechanical pencil or pen... I haven't used a proper pencil in ages. So I'm pretty weak at certain tasks. Not to mention that in both observation and doodling I'm relatively weak in landscape/scenery.
So this is where I intend to bring myself up to speed. I'll be keeping a sketchbook. I'll be drawing as much as possible. I'll be reading books and tutorials on anatomy and digital painting. And at some point I intend to start a webcomic and learn animation (because cartoons are awesome).
I might also keep a second "sketchbook" where I post old work to work out what I did right/wrong and redo or revise my best stuff.
Here in the first post, it's all stuff I did learning to use my wacom pen tablet. It's a little weird drawing one place and looking somewhere else still. I used some reference books (virtual pose4, some buddy scalera book, or another whose name I can't remember) for some of this stuff. Two of the pics are of my girlfriend. All of this was done in sketchbook pro.
EDIT: So sorry for all the white space in this first post.
EDITEDIT: Also, how do I change the pic that goes with the thread title?