I've been lurking here for a long time (years in fact) admiring the crap out of everyone's stuff, and wishing that I knew how to draw. I decided it was time to stop making excuses for myself and start a sketch book, so that I could improve while getting advice and critiques. I'm an adult beginner, trying to learn the fundamentals, and trying to put in the work to get to the level where I want to be. I count 8/22/11 as my start date. Harsh critiques and words of advice sustain me better than juicy delicious cheese burgers.