Whoa, I know you wrote on my page forever ago, but I just recently got the internet back!
It takes me a few days to get something done--though unfortunately I get bored too quickly and never pixel out the edges and erase obvious flaws and such. I wish I were more of a perfectionist, but I hate going back and fixing things I made forever ago...or even a day or two ago!
You definitely should! They take forever, but are loads of fun! I would love to offer and C+C for WIPs if you needed it, though I'm not incredibly great at them myself just yet! Good luck if you decide to do one!
Oh, I have the exact different problem, I have the hardest time making smaller sprites look good! Your shading is impeccable. It's much harder (I think) to put details into something so small! And I think I know what you mean, past forums I went everyone just recoloured. It's nice to see another pixel enthusiast!