thanks again loolarge, and thanks sealegs. i'm trying to take all the advice people can give me!
alright i think i'm done working on this for today, that's why i'm posting it now. i really need a better background. that white is killing my eyes. the rest of my practicing today will be in pencil. going from wacom to pencil is such a relieving shift, but i guess that's cause i'm just not used to the wacom yet.