There's an entry over at JohnKricfalusi's blog that I find both inspirational and depressing. Here's a taste:
There is a reason for learning all these basic drawing tools I've been talking about. Once you understand your basic tools, you'll want to do something with them.
By themselves they have no meaning unless you apply them to some purpose.
If you just fill up sketchbooks with floating characters that look neat, that's not really functional. That's good for showing your friends, and it's good if you are studying how certain things look, but it won't help you do an actual job.
That's the next step - using your skills to perform a function.
I've been aware all along that these here sketches and exercises are but a means to an end. But what end? I have no illusions of "running off to join the circus" as far as being a professional cartoon-drawer. But what do I ever intend to do with all his? Hmmm...
I've said before that I am happy that I am able to make better funny drawings for my own (and my daughter's) amusement. Maybe that's pay off enough?
Also, in the ebb and flow of life I've been able to wrangle next to no time for my drawing pursuits. But isn't that true of so many things? When was the last time I've gone bowling, golfing or even been out to a movie? Sigh.
I'll keep drawing and I'll keep posting, as I am able, though...