Oh my! I know how you feel so much! I feel kinda frustrated with my art since the characters I drew still look pretty stiff. I'm still trying to improve my skill on expressiveness since it's one of the most important factor to deliver depth of the story mood. Your art style is definitely one I can look up to and motivate me myself to do better! I'm gonna work hard! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧
Ah, that is definitely true. Pinning down the right expressions is very important for story telling. It helped me a lot to actually do gesture studies as a way of loosening up. Like one of my issues was I was getting to hyper focused on details and it made me tense and so my art was all stuff. It was a good way to remember the flow of action and trying to get that feeling right in what I was doing. Also they can be pretty fun once you relax. I just looked up a bunch of photos like “running”, “jumping”, “soccer” etc, it was super helpful!