I'm trying to practice a looser kind of sketching/coloring. In the top sketch, I intentionally didn't keep within the lines of my sketch, which really goes against the grain for me, but I think I could get used to it if I let myself.
In the second sketch, I painted first, then sketched. That was fighting my impulses too because to do this, I had to wait for the paint to dry before I could draw with my pen and I hate waiting for paint to dry (and it also meant my ice cream melted quite a bit - talk about fighting impulses!) However, I enjoyed this too, and I can see myself trying it again and again.
I've given myself two on-line classes this summer, to try to help me improve my watercoloring/sketching. I can see that both overlap and compliment each other in ways I didn't expect. Mostly, and this is actually very important, they are keeping me sketching everyday. Sometimes just little smudges, but keeping at it making a big difference itself.
I would like to take a class in person, but there isn't the kind of class I'd like around me right now, and I haven't been able to work out the logistics of those that are anyway. Maybe down the road. For now, this is fine. What I really need, after all, is practice practice practice and some more practice.