Derek it's been a while since i've last stopped by your sketchbook, but fortunately i have your sb in my firefox tabs.
I've read aboy your decision, and it's kinda funny because i was talking with my friends about similiar things today.
What i want to say is that i'm totally with you, I really understand what you were through, well maybe i wasnt working back then yet but i was studying economy, and one day i simply quit and told myself that i don't want to do things that i hate for the rest of my life, be one of those people who had the chance but never had the balls to just try.
Fortunately my parrents did understand that after i've talk to them and explained that i was choking, and i really love to draw and paint and that it really is possible to live out of art nowdays. The industry has evolved so much that there are possibilities which havent been here before, internet working online living and a shihol now does not matter you still can work for a company from California, Sweden, Russia, Japan whatever the distance now really doesnt matter. So they finally understood.
I got myself into newly created 3d animation school that i'm in right now,
but it wasnt a really good choice afterall but thats not improtant, the fact is that i do not regreat the decision i've made almost a year and a half ago.
I have not earned a single penny from it yet, but i'm still not ready to hit those good companies with a portfolio yet, i still think that i need a year of really hard hard work before it can happen. I'm still learning and forgetting things unfortunately heh, since this school kept me too busy for too long, altho i'm slowly recovering from all this.
Man what i really would like to wish you all the best in the future, you will get there trust me, just believe and work hard and things will happen, good things.
Oh yeah, i mean sometimes in life we have to do things we are not really proud of, for example you could draw some furry animal-human stuff for those furry maniacs, it's bleh i know, but those things sell... it's not the bets money in the world but it can get you gowing for some time, you could maybe get an online class at CG HUb or whatever other place.
Also get your self on Deviant art and write a journal log about you doing commissions.
Ah yeah one more thing, i really wish you tho succeed so to help you i will tell you the truth. You've got yourself in a huge comfort zone, browse through your entire sketchbook, what will you see?
Mostly naked guys with super cool anatomy, and some monsters with a few exceptions. You really need to fill your head with images and try out new stuff, you'll never learn to swim in a puddle, you need to explore the sea.
Know what i mean?
The next thing is colors don't be afraid to play around with them, there is a realy great book that i recommend to everyone:
I havent read alot of it yeat, since i'm always too damn busy, school man, aahh, nevermind. Anyhoot it helps! By just looking at the images inside i, i've changed my aproach to color. I'm not the besta rtist in the world and never will be but i hope my advices will help you out.
If you don't mind i'd like to add you to my buddy list at my blog, so that more people could see your stuff, after all we never know who's looking at it, maybe a potential employer ha! :P
See you man.