I was gone for 10 years, give or take a bit of browsing/commenting and a fucking stupid quiz. I still made art occasionally during that time, but no longer felt the passion to post it. For the last two years or so, I'd basically forsaken all artistic endeavors. About a month ago, while listening to the commentaries on The Legend of Korra blu-rays (can't recommend that show highly enough), I, for the first time in about two years, felt the desire to draw; and it was like a dead limb suddenly coming to life. I drew lots of stuff (by my standards), some physical, most digital. I suddenly felt, perhaps for the first time in my whole life, a desire to actually get better at it, to deliberately work on improving skills that I'd previously let lay fallow. The "high" of those few weeks of drawing again, that's gone now; but the desire to improve remains. So I'm going to be actually forcing myself -- which is perhaps too strong a phrase... obligating myself, let's say -- to keep drawing.
A big gateway to improving those untended skills will be fan art, which is a thing that I've only tried to make probably less than 10 times in my life. I never liked drawing from reference, and I could never really make anything look remotely accurate or good just from memory, so the whole endeavor was pointless for me. But now I find I don't mind working from reference, so now I can start doing these things I never did before. Now I'm doing better. And I intend to do better still.
Okay, enough. Go me, rah rah sis-boom-bah. B-E aggressive, in terms of your things what you draw. Thanks for reading. If you're in the future, look at my gallery to see if I followed through on any of this.