Posting an old work (circa 2005) because I’m having a major art block, and I feel like writing.
This was the first time I incorporated my Square-Enix-influenced style and the second time I used pencils, and coloring in general.
Yes, I only started penciling and coloring/rendering my works in 2005. Before that, I was purely into inking. Straight-on-paper drawing and inking, no erasures (if possible, or I start from scratch again).
I believe that direct drawing/inking on paper/canvas sharpened my conceptualization and sketching skills, as I know that every stroke or line I make will always be final, and honed my mindset to always be accurate and precise in everything I do.