Thank you! I wasn't expecting anyone to comment on the lines, heh, but I did intentionally make the ones on Raven thicker because he's closer to the viewer. I work in Paint Tool SAI and occasionally use Photoshop for last-minute color editing.
Yesss SAI lineart is the best. Photoshop has good color editing tools but I prefer SAI's blending functions. Then again I never really got the hang of custom Photoshop brushes and I imagine that changes the playing field somewhat.
It does really come down to practice combined with analyzing what you've done and what worked and what didn't, and what you're going to do differently in the future based on the conclusion you get from your analysis. Honestly I'm not sure it ever stops feeling like slow going as far as actual time to make a picture is concerned; I'm lucky if I can get a rough drawing finished in two hours, and a finished one is more like 5-10 hours depending on subject. But then there are artists that can churn out gorgeous sketches in 10-30 minutes, so. I'm still practicing too in the hopes that I'll be able to do that someday... though usually when I sit down to make a quick practice sketch it ends up being more like "spend two days perfecting this thing that wasn't supposed to be a significant picture in the first place".
I will say though that you eventually do start getting better results out of smaller amounts of time, though a finished picture is always going to be an investment. I think setting time limits is the best way to specifically train your speed, like telling yourself to make a bunch of little pictures in just 10-30 minutes each; I should do that more often. I like your FE/AA crossover drawings, it's very amusing to see and the poses of the hands and bodies give a solid sense of the character's attitudes.
Aww, thanks for that. I've definitely sensed improvement in my speed since I've been putting more focus on digital stuff, but it can still be discouraging sometimes to see how far I've yet to go. All you can do is to keep drawing, though, right?
Yeah--and analyzing what's working and what isn't. (I've always wanted a shortcut for lineart and have tried several times to get away with doing lines on paper, but a scan just never looks as crisp and clean and I end up spending several hours tracing it digitally anyway.) I'm probably not the best person to talk about speed with, since that's one of the things I wish I were better at myself, though I think my actual main problem is procrastinating on starting things. I always feel tired of staring at the screen after finishing something that's taken a lot of hours and I just won't want to draw digitally again for at least a few days due to the physical discomfort of sitting in front of a computer straining my eyes for so long, and the mental effort of figuring out how to approach things, and knowing that as soon as I start another picture I'll feel locked into that same process until I'm done. But there's not much to be said about that other than regularly setting aside time to work, like with anything else I could procrastinate on.