J5, I am exploring both options as of right now... we'll see how those pan out. Thank you for your support and comments
Spiritgreen, Thank-you for sharing your experience. Its been a bit of an emotional roller coaster at first, seeing as I am not yet used to having my work up for examination on such a scale. Even so, the competition is a fun way to get myself to brainstorm, and practice both painting and drawing with a bit of a deadline and an incentive. Looking at it this way, I think I can push myself to do the derbies for a time. I am currently working on a daily submission as well as refitting the Dragon Slayer design for Threadless (it was done in a bit of a rush). Thank you for you comments and support !