Well, I've been away from dA, and art, for about two years. I've been going through a bout of chronic depression, which rears its ugly black head from time to time. I hope that was the last one, cause it was a doozy. I don't normally mention the "D" word, but we're all friends here, right? So, not looking for sympathy or even understanding, just letting everyone know what's been up with me. I'm back, excited to be painting again, and feeling like doing things differently this time. No more cloning around. Back to the basics. Here's my first attempt at painting "by eye" instead of tracing. I did trace some to get started. But the training wheels are coming off! Soon! I'm serious!