Until this past week, I had never done more than basic sprites. I saw the tutorial thread and decided to give some original art a try. I'm still playing around with what works for me, but here are my attempts at art so far. My first attempt. I started out trying to draw something closer to the style of the Sugimori art, but about halfway through I decided that wasn't working. I tried taking on more of a distorted feel with it. I tried a Cacturne for my second piece. With Marowak, It based it off of a sprite so I had something to reference. I tried an original pose with Cacturne, so I was sort of forced to rely on my own drawing skills which are a bit rough. I tried playing more with texture on this one and I got it looking good on my screen, but it turns out I was zoomed out a bit too far. Thanks to the weird way I saved it (this was also my first time using GIMP), it would be easier to redo the whole thing than try to fix the texture. With Electivire, I was a little more comfortable with the program. I made some weird mistakes with layers, but luckily it didn't come back to haunt me. I also tried working with a background. I think he looks a little too South Park for my taste, but I'm pretty happy with this. Any advice?