@burvantill What do you think of Procreate so far? I hear you about summer being hard on one's schedule.
@TessaW Your project for that class looks really good so far -- the autumn one is so atmospheric.
Illustrator and book designer. Lives in a zoo. Wants some nachos.
I get this all the time! I'll be doing great and then BOOM! self-loathing.
Sometimes I take a break and do something fun and relaxing. Sometimes I find a silly drawing theme on Twitter or Instagram or someplace (like Animaloon Collective by Animaloonies on Twitter) and do a drawing for that, and that makes me chuckle and helps me get encouraged again. I've found that when you tweet stuff like that it helps you get in touch with other artists, they comment on and retweet your work, and it turns out to be an encouraging experience over all.
I second Andrew's suggestion. The Surface Pro will run full apps...definitely get the i7.
ToonBoom is a pretty popular software for 2d animation and is good to know. They used to have a free version, but I'm not sure if they still do.
For 3d I'm not sure what all the cool kids use now. Blender? Is Maya still a thing? IDK.
It could be helpful to learn Adobe After Effects too, but...
...the MOST IMPORTANT THING is having strong drawing skills and knowing the basics of animation. The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams is a great book to have. No software can make up for lack of fundamentals.
TessaW said more or less what I was going to say. In your pencil sketch you have a lot of variation in line thickness and intensity. You need to transfer that to your inks, and make some lines thinner and lighter and some lines thicker and darker. I think Jake Parker has an inking class that may be of help to you. Inking is an art in and of itself, I think. It looks easy, but doing it well is a skill in and of itself. (I'm not good at it, myself, although I'm slowly improving).
Another thing I notice is that you lost the girl's form a little when you did the inking. In the sketch you can see how her belly curves, and it's lost in the inks. Be sure to keep thinking about form as you ink.
I could nearly have written the same post. I want to get jobs in children's book illustration, but I also want to do graphic novels...and I love doing pointalist ink drawings that look nothing like my illustration portfolio. sigh
Anyway....I think your work could easily be geared toward the fantasy or horror markets. With a few changes I could see some of the work on your website being books covers for those genres.