I'm a designer, comfortable in XHTML and CSS. I've been building websites for a long...long time. I've got a few clients that want to move from hard coded designs to a database driven, CMS style format. In fact, I recommended this. Having gone through reviews for literally hundreds of competing CMS products I decided that Drupal may be the one for me. I should mention that my first choice was WordPress - I know, it's not a 'real' CMS - but more on that in a minute.
I am by no means here to start a flame war or to denigrate the hard work done by the Drupal community. Instead, I can hopefully cast some fresh light on who the user community is/will be, and perhaps make some suggestions as to how to make the product more useful to noobs like me.
My main goal with Drupal is to take an existing site, and Drupalize it - giving me the look I've already chosen, with all the backend functionality I need. So I Installed the software (installer was a breeze, nicely done!) and started reading about theming in the new 6.x themers handbook.