Funny enough, I don't have a Deviantart account... I've been meaning to make myself one for a while, but I keep forgetting You can see a bit more of my stuff in the album I have here, but that's mostly things pixel things I've done for my ROM hack. There are a few drawings there too as well!
Wow. I started drawing seriously about four years ago (I'm 14 now). And I've gotten much better, but when I draw without a reference... Well, it's not very pretty. I would love to show you my horrendous artwork, but I still can't post URL's. Maybe sometime later.
Speaking of that, do you have a deviantart or anything similiar? I would love to see more of your drawings.
I've been drawing for most of my life. I began drawing anime at about 11 and been practicing since. I usually draw without references; I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, so when I use a reference it takes me AGES just to get a drawing done And I used to have tons of problems with colouring and shading. But then I did a few years study in fine arts at University.
Australia is fine, depending on where and when you go. I live in Western Australia, which is fine for most of the year. The summers here can be harsh though. Dry and hot, which I really don't like. But we have do have some decent beaches!