Updated. I'm kind of struggling b/c I want to improve as an artist, but I feel like at the moment I'm more of a copier than an artist. I don't mean that I plagiarize, but I'm not necessarily original. I kind of cheat based on what the reference picture gives me, there's not consistent pushing or exaggeration. And that's not to say that I'm not trying for a more subdued caricature, maybe something that walks the line b/w portrait and caricature. But I'm finding that I take the easy road and pull color from the reference photo as well, instead of coming up with my own color palette. it's effective and easy, but it's not really helping me to learn anything.
The other thing that bugs me when I look back at my drawings is that I don't feel like they have much life. I can draw the expressions pretty well, but it doesn't translate .
I do feel like my ability to draw is improving the more I do it(go figure!).
I'm hoping to do more freelance and save up for Jason Seiler's(professional caricaturist) online class. I know that would help me improve by leaps and bounds.
A sketch I did at work with a little color added in photoshop.
I'm planning on cleaning it up and making it more of a finished piece.