tehmeh:Thanks for the encouragement! I shall indeed keep trying new things! : ) And I actually have Harold Speed's Oil painting techniques and materials in my possession and just started reading it thanks to your suggestion, it's really a great book! Thanks for the other suggestion, too. It looks like a wonderful book I'll check it out!
LePush: Thank you! : )
superhmerh: Haha yeah nice to see lots of youngin's around. And thank you!

small update, pen drawings of things from my kitchen, trying to draw objects from imagination (hard!!) and some doodles from class/rough sketches of an animation I'd like to get around to making

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thanks for viewing! : ) critique/comment appreciated!