Oh no, this place is huge & daunting at first. Even the FAQ's are pumped full of information. But you'll get used to the place in time.
Originally Posted by jonsushi
Anyways, I'm kind of in the same boat. I took 10 years off drawing and recently started again. You lose a lot when you go a while without practicing, eh?
Perfectionism is just something you're going to have to get over. I'm learning that myself. If you don't you're going to spend your time beating yourself up and getting discouraged early on when you're still learning.
I don't know any good threads here yet, exams have been taking up all my time. And I'm not sure on books either. I'm sure many others here can point out some good ones though. However a couple things I have started doing are:
1) Are you in a post-secondary school with an art department? I went to the chair of the arts dept at my college with pretty much the same question you have on "Where do I start?" and he said it was a shame that I'm graduating this year (I'm not an art student, I'm in IT) because he would have let me sit in on the art classes whenever I had time. Might be something you could look into.
2) Draw everything you see. That dude sitting at the bus stop, the coffee cup on your desk, it doesn't matter what it is, just try and draw it. I carry a sketch book with me, and while waiting for the bus or w/e I'll pull it out and just start drawing. People, things, whatever.
3) In my city, the art gallery offers weekend courses for cheap. Like $170 (CAD) for adults. You mentioned not having money right now, but it's something you might look into in the future.
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Correction: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Don't remember who it's by). I picked this up for like $20 at my college's book store. Haven't had a chance to really dive into it, but just from skimming through it I found a lot of useful information.
Last edited by sarinn; April 29th, 2010 at 09:02 PM.
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