It used to seem that drawing skills were a mysterious thing that you were either gifted with or not. The idea that practicing drawing made you better at it hadn't occurred to me when I was younger. Considering that I understood that practice was necessary both for playing an instrument and performing on stage, this was an odd oversight on my part. Having a kid who draws a lot, and seeing how they improved over time helped me realize this, along with their frustration with people who just assumed they had a "natural gift" and did not see the hours of work put into building those skills.
So, here's a little mermaid doodle. Nothing finished, definitely nothing perfect, but a step along the way.