I'm here as well, plaguing yet another forum with my efforts to improve as an artist.
I'm 32 years old, have drawn during my entire life, but haven't really done what you're supposed to do to develop as an artist. This means I lack in many basic areas and I realized this quite recently, after getting frustrated for the umpteenth time when trying to paint something, and decided to do something about it. I've almost always been unsatisfied with my drawing skills, and I hate my style, which has resulted in me having stopped drawing during periods in my life. Only to pick it up again, because to draw is to be ME.
I'm trying to relearn how to draw again, not from the basic basics, but from a pretty basic level. What I'm focusing on now are to practice copying pictures, to learn proportions, angles, to understand what I'm looking at really. At the moment, I can't do any live studies, but as soon as I can afford to, I will.
I'm trying to stay away from colour for now and am just focusing on shape/form and values.
Forgot to add, I've suffered from a two year long depression which I topped of with some burnout, so I haven't drawn for over a year and I still feel the aftermath of the burnout (it's friggin frightening how your own body can turn upon itself). Also, I've never really studied art so all this fancy terminology many of you use, means squat to me (something I expect will change the more I hang out in "artsy" circles). I appreciate all your input, and if I don't understand what you're talking about, I'll ask you to clarify.
Um... What else? I'm making a living as a cleaning lady (yay) and have just returned to work after a looong sick leave, so there won't be any cool updates (mostly 'cause I haven't learned "cool" yet), instead there'll mostly be basic stuff. I'm too tired to draw/paint for any longer periods of time, and I'm SLOW, so please be patient with me.
My goal is not to become a professional artist, but to become satisfied with my art. This, however, means I need to get as good as the professionals, because I won't settle for less.
Things that I need to practice the most:
- How to make my pictures not appear; dead, flat, boring, and just "meh"
- Drawing humans, basic anatomy, faces, etc.
- How to use colours (values among other things)
- Adding interesting backgrounds
You get the gist right?
I have several sketches to show, but I need to add links and stuff to the references of the other sketches, so you'll have to do with the two images I don't need to add any links, since I haven't used any references for them. I'll start with my selfportrait I did recently (just a sketch), which I did after reading several tutorials and How To's, where it was recommended that one do several self portraits. I realized when I drew it, the the last and only other self portrait I've done, was back when I was 17, so it was about time to make another one! XD I plan on doing more, of course, the next one in gray scale I think.
And here's a sketch of a horse head.
My attempt to add colour to it (I won't finish this version, but probably remake it later on):
I'll spam this thread tomorrow with all the other sketches I've done.
Forgot to add: Any form of constructive criticism is welcome! I aim to improve and develop as an artist, and without any criticism, that's kind of hard to do. ^^