Advice on writing will continue as soon as I can.
In the meantime, last night Nomi and I resumed our comic book art classes, and our teacher, Raul Gonzalez, introduced us to the technique of inking. We each drew and inked two faces of our main characters. The inking really makes the drawings pop out and appear more alive. Raul let us use his own red sable #4 brushes and bottles of FW ink, and now I want to set up a studio in our apartment. (Just kidding, Nomi.)
I'm sorry to say that I haven't practiced drawing as much as I'd like, but I am gaining a much better appreciation of the craft of the artist in comics. Which is odd considering how much of my life I've spent reading them. I've always concentrated on story and dialogue, and rarely on the art unless it was exceptionally good or bad, which is a shame. Because now I'm studying things like Mark Buckingham's pencils, C.C. Beck's lines, Alex Ross's colors, etc., and beginning to understand the techniques they use to bring a picture to life.