I found this wonderful community recently and i was overwhelmed with joy, but more so with a huge amount of valuable info.
I doodled from an early age, now and then, but nothing serious, and certainly didn't have a proper training in the mystical ways o'the paintbrush. After my jaw got tired of looking through all these amazing stuff, I have to admit, i was somewhat intimidated, feeling out of place. Then i came across MindCandyMan's thread and that had a major impact on my attitude. As i said I love drawing, but my family had a say in me not making such a "foolish" choice as becoming an artist. So drawing faded in the background, becoming a mere hobby, doodling this and that when I got tired of my teacher's lectures . Oops, got carried away there.
Long story short, I'm here, I'm willing, and hopefully able too digest this goldmine you call CA. Mostly i did reference drawings, so i can pretty much draw a picture i see, but i realized that i can not learn to draw from my imagination that way. So after i looked around the threads and heeded the advices of Seedling and others, i started off with the Loomis books. From what i feel that is vital for basics is the general knowledge of how lights and shadows work, and human anatomy (tough one). Also life drawings seem to help a lot, so i'll be doing that too. Will post my progress here.(hopefully i will be able to call it progress ).
Here are some sketches I did recently, and some old ones I did when i was in school (back in the 7th grade).