I'm currently pursuing the dream, and attending an art school. I am finding it is incredibly helpful when you're trying to learn how to draw. I've spent days in the past looking at books, videos, online tutorials, and nothing has helped me improve faster than having a teacher who can give you direct feedback.
At any rate, please by kind to my gallery, and I accept and encourage constructive criticism. Also, I tend to ignore rude/negative comments.
To all those I'm watching, I'm grateful and inspired by your works. Looking at the art on DA alongside my studies has been helpful in developing my own skills. Good luck to you all!