"As this site grows, the more problems that accumulate, as with all things. The decisions that we make today, literally we determine the future of this site. The more 'diverse' our population becomes, the clashing of heads will become more frequent. We must make our decisions as a whole community, if we do not the community could very well implode on itself."
I said this a long time ago, this isn't what happened is it? Did we make bad decisions?
Yeah don't give up, yeah it's hard at first; but, I've seen tremendous progress made in topics just like this, through criticism and help. I've seen beginners way worse off than you improve tenfold as the learn about colors (which can be the most important part), and shading.
Just keep with it, sure I was a little harsh, but never give up.
Your colors probably got messed up if you did a bucket fill or replacement on my DK Cecil sprite, because when I made it I didn't really know how to do different colors, and a lot of the blue are very very similar and most paint programs cannot distinguish them (such as Gimp) and dye the whole thing that color, which is where I think your sprite probably lost a lot of it's depth, as for the horns, try reshaping them a bit. I went through several (and I mean like 9-10) different horn arrangements and I still never achieved one that I'm happy with, just keep with it, envision what you want and do your damnedest to create it and if you can't post what you have and get critiqued and try again!
You picked a very challenging sprite to do as your first project or one of your first whichever.