Hanatsuki here ~
I just wanted to add my voice to the choir; I draw in a manga style, both from a traced model and free-handing. (traced model means I trace an outline that I like and then fill in the face and clothes free-from style, add accessories, choose colours and background, and then finish. I have whole note books of models, and they don't charge me anything! :} !)
Lately, I've been doing more with pure free-form. I particularly like the Korean style, along the lines of Model (Long chins, wide shoulders, narrower eyes, very long hair, and 'spider' like fingers). I don't know if anyone out there knows what I'm talking about, but, if you do, please post here or e-mail me.
I was devastated when I found out there are no Art Courses for this style, here in America, even on-line! It's all going into the Video Game field, instead. Ho-hum. I thought about trying to just make one myself, but I lacked the energy. Recently, it seems like Art Courses are taking a back-seat anyway, so maybe that will improve in the next few years.
Also, I've noticed that retailers have a lack of art supplies recently; mostly it's crafting supplies or scrap-booking. I hope that swings around again soon. If anyone knows of a good retailer in the Olympia, WA area, please let me know.
I guess that's all I have to talk about for now, please reply.
Chao (This is actually taken from an Anime ending theme. If anyone recognises it, let me know :})