Ia) Im mostly self-taught. Lots of observation, experimentation, and practice!
IIa) Depends on the picture, and most of my pieces arent done in a single sitting. (Commissions, especially, as each step requires approval)
As a very rough estimate, Id say ~4-8 hours on average...
IIIa) Sorry, but for the moment I will not be posting any tutorials on dA -- please check comictutorials.com if you're really interested! www.comictutorials.com
IVa) Sorry, but no, I post small resolutions on purpose to avoid art theft. I try to post links to detail shots in the descriptions of some images, though.
If you reaaaally like an image, you could always consider buying a print................
If the use is strictly personal (like a desktop wallpaper for yourself,) sure. No permission needed.
If the use is public but nonprofit, I generally dont mind, as long as proper credit is given.
If the use involves any profit, please contact me for permission before using my work.
If youre unsure, its usually best to ask first. Thanks!!
VIa) Im sorry, but right now I dont really have the time to...
VIIa) For personal commissions, please check this entry for availability: bara-chan.deviantart.com/journ…
For professional art inquiries, please email me or send a note. Thanks!
VIIIa) If art is what you truly enjoy doing, dont ever give up on it -- I believe motivation is more important than anything else, even raw talent.
Dont expect masterpiece results overnight; everyone had to start somewhere (and great artists never stop learning!) Its good to have goals, but at the same time, take pleasure in studying, practicing, experimenting with new techniques, and so on.
Take criticism with a grain of salt. Seeing everything as a learning opportunity leads to more growth than always being on the defensive.