* THE BEGINNING OF THIS THREAD IS YEARS OLD- SKIP TO LATER PAGES! *
Hey everyone! I've recently decided to start drawing again. Right now, I've been drawing 1.5 hours a day and am trying to get up to 3 hours a day. I've drawn on and off for a while, maybe a few weeks at a time every couple months, but I hope this time I'll stick to it. I think I've quit so many times because I wasn't having fun, and was extremely picky. I think "The Natural Way To Draw" techniques of super-slow contour drawing for hours, and the need I felt to have _perfect_ reference for drawings really sapped my passion, so I went and tried a bunch of different other arts. But I always come back to drawing- maybe it's really what I want to do. I'm going to college next year, and with no idea what to do except some form of art, be it a visual art or literature or music. I'm a little desperate to find out exactly what, so I'm going to push myself to draw a lot and gain some experience and insight into what I can do with the medium, and if it's what I want. Even if it's not what I want to do for the rest of my life, it's an awesome skill to have. I'm noticing things I never saw, even in my own neighborhood, from actively looking from a visual artist's perspective. There are my drawings I've done so far, oldest is 3 days ago. They're all from photo reference. I've been doing these much more loosely than I usually draw, and using photos as reference which I wouldn't normally use, like thumbnail-sized b&w photos for the first 3 building sketches. I've been timing myself for each drawing to avoid getting too tight, which is a bad habit I had. E.g., I had put full detail into a window before drawing anything around it. I've been careful to make outlines of everything before going into detail in these drawings.
From "Woman at the Window" by Dali.
This took me an hour and a half, first half hour I was riding in a car so I didn't set up perspective lines like I should have (too bumpy), just eyeballed them. That's also why the wood on the doors suck, should have erased and redone that part.
Is this a good resolution/size for the scans? What should I focus on to improve overall?
Crits & comments welcome!
New img for thumbnail: