I know I do not post here often, but I thought I would give this a try. I desire to be a comic book illustrator, but I wish to improve my drawing and pen control skills before stylizing my figures. There are a lot of problems with my art, but here are a few I have managed to observe in my own work. I am seeking out a mentor who could help me with my art, as I do not really know what exercises would be a suitable remedy for some of these problems.
1) I lack confidence in my line art. I use a lot of back-and-forth strokes and do not have enough pen control to draw accurate "C" and "S" curves. This is especially problematic when drawing figures, such as women, or even hair. I also have difficulty drawing accurate, sweeping straight lines and my line art comes out rather messy with those back-and-forth strokes or hairy lines.
2) I have been told I have approach, observation and priority problems when it comes to drawing (i.e. when drawing from life, and I am never really sure how to approach something). This happens quite a bit when I'm trying to draw something I see in the proper proportions and perspective, and I use the wrong approach or think far too hard.
3) When drawing from life my portraits come out looking somewhat stylized and I have trouble making them look photorealistic. An example of what I'm talking about can be found at this deviation on my DA page here http://sektor2814.deviantart.com/art...-Jon-125188556
4) I have difficulty with some pencil techniques in general, like various forms of pencil rendering, hatching/cross-hatching, and textures.
5) I have difficulty properly and convincingly applying light and shade (especially with hatching and cross-hatching), which I guess is also part of what is causing #4 above.
6) I have difficulty successfully applying linear perspective to drawings made from life observation (like a room I'm looking at), and I can never really tell where the horizon line is supposed to be.
Please let me know if anyone could help me with this. Thanks.