It would appear that personal projects are what's keeping me alive this round. Recently had to get everything I've done whittled down into a portfolio for applications and what's at the beginning and end of the portfolio? Personal projects. The first one's actually fairly recent- some creature design in Painter (I'm addicted to Painter now and need to buy it). Will upload the color variations I did up later since they're only on my laptop which just ran out of all its power.
Innit cute though? And after my one teacher's rant today I'm going to keep going on these personal things- up next a movie poster (what movie I have no idea yet....).