I was mainly trying to learn how to use the darn thing. Everything that I spent years on perfecting, like making a straight line, went out the window. There were so many colors and tools to choose from that I didn't know what to do. I either used them ALL or used only ONE.
I do feel like progress was eventually made. Maybe a little. There is so much more for me to learn! I am both excited and a bit intimidated at how much more I want to accomplish and improve on. Digital painting is not only a new medium for me but also a medium that has made me revisit and re-evaluate what I have learned as a traditional artist. I caved and bought a Cintiq HD13 which has completely resolved my hand to eye disconnect problem but has not made me any better of an artist (which I really hoped it would do considering how much I paid for it). Onward, my trek continues.
As far as traditional mediums, I've been dabbling with Copic and Prismacolor markers :)