Hello there. First let me put my situation in question:
I'm a beginner in arts. Mainly pencil drawing and sketching. Deciding to learn, I bought the Betty Edwards' well-know book, "Drawing with the right side of the brain" and Bert Dodson's "Keys to Drawing"... I have been using Edwards' book for the last 6 months (slowly, as I'm not a professional in the area and I my carrer is not linked to it). I haven't opened Dodson book yet.
Yes, I thought I had some "quantum leap" in my skills, but I have been seeing more and more critcism about Betty Edward books... (example: http://chiseledrocks.com/main/musings/topics/snakeoil), I was forced to concour. I mean, yes it did improve, but it was NOT that jump and I am looking to become a good artist, not an merely observer... With bad habits!
In other words, was I fooled all along? I mean, yes it did improve, but it was NOT that jump! Is the Dodson's book good? What can I REALLY do improve ?