Added some color.
The fundamental and quite difficult to accept nature of visual art is that the more detailed you make your work, the more you lose in compositional clarity. Once you start adding color and rendering, you lose some of that sense of "epicness". Simply because there is limited bandwidth of meaning a visual piece can convey, so if you only have a black and white sketch, such sketch conveys 100% of the compositional idea, but once you start adding detail, the compositional strength weakens to make room for color information, detail, etc. Mastery of visual arts is in minimizing damage to each of those elements: composition, detail, color, squeezing most of the informational bandwidth of a painting. It is very difficult to accept that the more you work on a piece, the less impressive it looks, but it is a sacrifice that every artist must make, and one that it took me too long to accept. Everything has its price, and "finishing" a work has its price as well: a price of expressiveness. A finished work can never look as dynamic/expressive as a sketch, but without finishing it, you will never make it relevant in the first place.
Learning humility was my greatest hurdle as an artist.>>11555
It all comes to limited attention span. I am quite shit at drawing, since I spent most of my time in art school learning the fundamentals of painting, and my drawing is sorely lacking. So I expended most of my concentration trying to get the anime style right and couldn't properly allocate resources on such important stuff like: composition, color, character portrayal, line fluidity, shading, etc., etc.
But I must say, doing this was quite therapeutic. I have changed my art philosophy to "do, then think". I used to be really idealistic about my art, thinking that I either have to make a masterpiece, or I have failed and am worthless. Now I've found meaning and excitement in doing something just for the fun of it. And although it came out flawed, I still can appreciate my own work just for the fact that I did it, even though it's clunky and imperfect.>>11556
Here's an obfuscated picture of me, so you can know what I look like during my lows, when I'm too depressed to shave or cut my hair :-DDDDD. I am quite ashamed of my extra weight, since it reflects poorly on my virtue. I've been losing weight, but it sure takes a while to lose 30+ kilograms of fat.
Once my brother's business becomes stable enough to pay me on time, I hope to distribute my spendings in such a way that I can count calories and go to gym without worrying about not having enough money due to payment delays.