I'm short by a few days of my first year on DA. It has been great fun and I believe that my drawing has improved as a result, particularly with the encouragement I have been getting from other members. More importantly I have been exposed to an amazing range of talents and mediums. I have expanded the stock of materials I am using from the original pencil or pen and ink. I have experimented with biro, various makes of coloured pencils, pastels (including Russian sauce) - which I love, watercolour and finally, a week ago I gave acrylics a go. My first effort with acrylics is below. That has been the steepest learning curve of them all. I quickly found out that painting acrylics straight onto a graphite and pastel drawing on paper wasn't an easy first choice; It dries quickly but my choice of surface made it dry even quicker. Once I can work out what I am doing with the acrylic I think it should afford me some interesting possibilities. I didn't buy it, I was given some small freebie tubes from the people I buy my pastels from. I buy a few pastels every now and then, small quantities are not noticed trickling into the house and my stock gradually increases, I buy by name rather than knowing what the colour actually is so I've sometimes had some weird ones delivered. My latest purchase had Phthlo blue in it -- how could I resist a colour with Phthalo in it - and it is the most beautiful blue imaginable. Win some lose some. So looking forward to some more creativity and this year I will try to draw more things rather than relying on my subconscious. I can't decide, but the picture is probably upside down.