After reading a few posts, I decided I needed to stop lurking and start showing my humble sketches.
Since I haven't drawing since High School (over twenty years), and only recently decided I needed to be more creative. I picked up Keys to Drawing by Dodson and dove into the exercises.
Update: Now (January 2013), I realizes I need to focus on developing my observational skills (the basics) before working on anatomy. It doesn't seem as fun or sexy but without it, I'm doomed to be poor or worse yet "mediocre." My game plan is to study Deborah Rockman's "Drawing Essentials" and after some "Lessons in Classical Drawing" by Juliette Aristides.
Last edited by iMigraine; January 21st, 2013 at 06:51 PM.
One thing that you're missing is proportion; that's really the cornerstone of everything representational. It's the first step, before value (shading), before 3D (volume)... you begin learning to judge proportions by measuring.
If there's something you want to draw, think of it as being constrained by a rectangle. Now, that rectangle has a short and long side.
Make a square with the short side, and measure it into the long side of the rectangle. how many times does it go in? It may be a fraction. Don't be too precise; it's okay to think "about 3 and a third" or "three and a piece".
Once you've gotten the whole measured like that, find halfway down, and halfway across. Now you have a landmark. Use the "short side" of your large rectangle, and find out how far a certain feature is from halfway.
Keep your measurements on a scrap of paper, marked with pencil ticks.
This is kind of a crash course in proportion/measuring, but I hope it at least gives you a start.