I'm learning the fundamentals of drawing. I feel there is still more to learn such as rendering form and composition. I am eager to try oil painting. I have some supplies and a book for beginners that walks you through different projects (Oil Painting For Dummies) starting off with the basics (i.e. black and white and simple objects) working its way into more complex subjects with a limited palette. I really want to have the fundamentals down before I try it though. On the other hand I'm not sure how to determine at what point that is.
Unfortunately there is no exam on can take to give a quantitative result telling them if they know the fundamentals. So how does one know when they are ready to start learning to paint? Do you just know? Or just do it regardless because of your desire to try it? If you are in an art school you are told when you will start. I’m not in school so the decision is mine to make.
I just don't want to waste valuable time up learning to paint if I'm just going to spin my wheels and struggle because I didn't put the time in learning to draw. I'm doing this for fun but take it seriously. There is no rush to learn in order to get a job in the field or anything like that. I'm enjoying the process of learning drawing but would like to explore oil painting some day.
Anyone with experience in this area please feel free to comment. My sketchbook has pretty much everything I've done up to this point. I welcome honest feedback and would like suggestions on what to do to improve my skills in the fundamentals area.