Yes, terribly, terribly familiar process.
With me it's usually a mix of ProgZ's and Eggie's versions, only with less crying and more despair.
This thread does cheer me up, though! So much wonderful stuff! Let's see...
Kastchey: I love your expressive, rough, painterly style! It's very dynamic and balances between abstraction and detail well.
Andail: While relatively simplistic, it looks really, really great! I want this game already!
Ali: This is, obviously, truly impressive. You've developed a very distinctive, interesting and beautiful visual style for Nelly. I think her eye looks a bit strange, though. And hooray for the maneki-neko!
Adder: This is probably my favourite thing in the topic! Cannot help but love the Bladerunner-y stuff, and judging by the art from your website, which I loved, this is only going to get so much better. Can't wait to see more!