Hi, all! I would be Spud, long time lurker but not much of a poster. You can consider me a drop-out - I ditched Illustration at University for a number of reasons, but the thing that eventually got me was the fun experience of full-blown depression. I... have still not quite recovered from said depression, but I'm getting treatment and whatnot, so whatever.
Anyways. I stopped drawing for ages because of that. It wasn't just drawing, I'll admit, it was everything else as well - call it an "everything block."
Imagine my absolute delight when, all of a sudden, tablet met OpenCanvas again and for the first time in what felt like forever I spent hours and hours exploring, experimenting, playing, and having fun. I drew fish, faces, a small environment - impulsive things, nothing I could be genuinely proud of, but things I felt positive about, things which reminded me why I loved to draw. None of this "yeah, I drew a random cartoon face... fed up now" business that was just making me feel worse.
So now, it's self-directed study for me!
Only... call me crazy, but I'm at a loss as to where to even start. It's so open, here - I have no University, nobody arty to discuss things with, no idea where to find life drawing classes... I've actually thrown away a considerable amount of my stuff, so my primary material at the moment is watercolour, student quality. I'm thinking of starting to experiment with oil, too, but with a limited budget and limited space, I'm not sure where to begin there either...
If there's anyone else who took an extended break from anything art-related, I'd love to know how you found a new "swing"