striker138 wrote:I do draw the key parts, but don't have the ability to scan them in. So I usually end up using the brush/pencil tool to recreate what I had drawn. I have a tablet that gives a much more realistic hand drawn feel, but I don't use it much. Maybe I should.
You really should. I don't have a graphics tablet myself, so hand draw and hand ink, scan it in and then add color. Illustrator is tough to use (I can't use it very well) especially if you don't have anything to work off of. If you have a digital camera, you can draw it out with pencil the old fashioned way, take a picture of your drawing, and then "trace" it in illustrator.
It is really important to draw it out first, because if you don't your illustration will end up generic and computery.
That being said, keep working at it! Dude, Illustrator is tough, and competing on woot is tough. You're going against people from all around the world, and it is real easy to get discouraged. But if you like doing it, keep trying. It will definitely make you a better artist.