Wow - big difference
I was comparing some of my artwork (from years ago) to the current piece I am doing. I think it's a great example of what time and practice can do. Granted I don't think my old drawing was bad - but compared to to what I am doing now - it doesn't even hold a candle. The first drawing was done in 2001.
I was afraid of the dark (lol - dark values) and that really shows. It's not until I joined this site that I really started to grow as an artist. When you draw on a regular basis I think you can sometimes lose sight of where you were artistically and how far you have come. That's why I recommend saving some of your old works to go back and look at every so often.
Do I still have a long ways to go? YUP. I admit it and look forward to learning and improving my skills.
Learn from each piece you do - listen to the advice you are given and NEVER GIVE UP!!