I'd just like to start by saying that as intimidating as I find this place, it seems to me to be the best place on the net to get advice about art, so I've decided to take the plunge in order to improve.
I'm 22 years old, I live in Australia and at the moment I'm scraping by making websites. I've always enjoyed drawing ever since I was a child but I wouldn't say I've ever really developed as an artist (ever seen The Royal Tenenbaums? I'm like Ritchie). I like to dabble in a bit of writing and I find it very frustrating when I can picture a scene or a moment in my head and then go to draw it and it comes out looking like a dog's breakfast. I've got no skills in shading, depth, colour, light, anatomy, you name it. So I've come here to show what I can do and hopefully improve with your help, I intend to enroll in a drawing class as soon as I can find one.
Anyway, this first picture is one I did of Robin Williams from the cover of "Good Will Hunting" DVD that I had lying around (that's another thing, I've got no references to use, I'd prefer not to use refrences from a computer since I spend so much time on one as it is, are there any magazines or books that are good for this sort of thing?)
There are about a million things wrong with the drawing that I can see, so I'm wondering where should I start with improving? Should I try to forget everything I "know" and start from scratch? Any comments would be appreciated and I hope I keep this up, I really want to get better. Be Brutal.
EDIT: Here's a pic of the reference, it was darker on my cover but I don't think that makes any difference at this stage http://www.impawards.com/1997/poster...ll_hunting.jpg