I've been posting my attempts at getting my illustration skills going again at a couple of places (other than Illustration Friday) that are worth mentioning (may have done so already so bear w/me!): Sugar Frosted Goodness and Three Thumbs Up Award. The first is a blog full of illustrators that just completely intimidate me. I post feeling like the freshman of the class. The latter, is a new blog where there are all sorts of creative work. I check both regularly because the creativity of others is truly inspiring.
I find that my illustrations have no rhyme or reason regarding style. I'm experimenting and testing things out. I hope your pupils pardon my lamer attempts. Normally I wouldn't show these pieces (sometimes half-cooked!) around so much but it just seems like the only way to just jump into the fray and see what happens. Unfortunately (or fortunately!!) I only get the positive feedback from the nice people that post comments. A serious crit would probably be a kick in the pants but it'd be nice to hear at some point --- maybe. ;)
I read this in the Artist's Sketchbook magazine this weekend and it helped me with my thoughts of insecurity (I guess that's what they are): "Don't judge and don't give up. Somewhere along the way you'll think your work is no good and wonder why you're even bothering. This is the time to persevere. Even the most accomplished, full-time artists feel that way, but they work through it because they know it's common and temporary".
I'm sneaking in this post while everyone else sleeps. I'd better go do the same myself. I leave you with another quickie doodle. Ta-ta!