I can at least say that i'm really enjoying the project I've been working on. It's quite nice to get projects i really want to sink my teeth into and spend the time on them that they deserve. I think I've begun to narrow down the kind of work i'd like to do as opposed to the kind of work i wish i liked doing...there is most certainly a difference. I think this stems from the fact that i enjoy a pretty wide variety of styles and themes in art, and so part of me wants to do it all. Thats not the way the illustration world works as far as i can tell. You really need to carve out a place for yourself, and the easiest way to do that is to clearly define your goals as best you can. This isn't to say that I've got my whole Career planned out... far from it. But i have started to define some goals i'd like to accomplish in the not too distant future.
I'm also starting to realize that the fact i never really feel completely satisfied with a piece of artwork is healthy thing. If I finish an illustration and see nothing wrong with it...well that just means i haven't learned anything. If you can't see the the problems in your own work, how are you supposed to correct those problems in future illustrations? It's a really important part of the process and something you just have to get used to. Theres actually a really awesome podcast over at http://www.wippodcast.com/ talking at a pretty good length on the subject in episode 22 ( i think).. I strongly recommend you check it out. They have some really amazing interviews with unbelievably valuable information for any artist trying to find there way in the illustration fantasy market. Kudos to all you guys over there and keep it up. I'm certainly listening.
Anywho...enough chatter, here's some art! The characters are for a really neat tabeltop RPG I'm working on called "Torn World". You can check out the game at www.tornworld.com which i'm told is soon to be updated with my artwork soon.