If you want to improve you're going to have to be realistic. What I mean is a month isn't enough time to improve and get to where you want to be unless you're speedy gonzales and can whip up 100 detailed high quality pieces a day.
A month isn't being realistic.
Just do as many as you can in a day. After school, go home and work on atleast 3 to 5 pieces a day. Put in details, work at 400 dpi or 600 dpi. Etc. Ask around on what to do here and there on specific question that you might have.
Improvement takes much longer then a month. It can take years if you're only going at a rate of a few pieces a day. And to be honest if you rush it and do more, then you'll just be setting yourself up to be only capable of handling speed colorist jobs. Very sloppy work with rushed results. Nothing special about that except for getting the job done as quickly as possible.
Take your time and learn right from what works and what doesn't.
Well you might need to check out your "other dtnamics" option located in the brush palette window. Check to make sure that your brush that you're having the problem with at the time, has the "pen pressure option turned on.
Maybe it's on maybe it not, I can't be sure specifically about your problem though to find out how to fix it.
Your colouring technique is amazing, everything looks so solid and real. Yours is definately the kind of competence I'm going for with my colours, but it'll take ages. Compositionally I think it's a pity the foreground foot gets cut off but that's a small gripe, but this is still a seriously impressive image. well done
It took me I think two years to get to that point, and now it's two mroe years later. It's really about practicing and sticking to it. which is probably why the composition isn't very well done on that piece. Pencil skills need to improve which I'm working on right now. Colors are at a point where they are good enough as is, now I need to work on my illustration skills, I think a good 4 more years will do it.
Your colours aren't just technically at a professional level but they're really personal and that's inspiring too.
Definately right about tie and practice, luckily I'm not lackin enthusiasm for it yet though so it's still cool to feel like I've improved every time I finish something. The DA gallery's actually a cool way of charting your progress.