Hello, Conceptart folks
I'm Lyraina, stealthy observer of these forums for quite some time now, and decided it is time to take heart and join this community. I'm still a bit confused about all the different sections of this site/forum, but I hope I will do everything right - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!
Anyway, I decided I must seriously improve my painting skills, since I'm not getting any younger. Randomly painting what comes to my mind just doesn't really help improving though. I will have to practice on my own, since art school isn't an option for me right now, but I am utterly lost! I read so many tutorials and "How to"s, but I guess practicing is the only way to go. Here comes my first question: How am I supposed to practice? I own one anatomy book which I started drawing from (I already read it), but I always read that copying from photos or other two dimensional sources does not help as much as drawing from life. But it surely does help a bit, I hope? I really don't know where I should get a skull or skeleton or something like that from, to draw from life. I might buy a Loomis book, since they are said to be good!
I'm mostely painting digital (fantasy, people, conceptart, I'd also like to learn doing environments at some point), but my main focus at the moment is improving human anatomy, so I started sketching on paper again. I hope I'll find the time to do some gesture drawing with posemaniacs as well.
Enough text - I'll just try to upload something, all of those are drawn from my anatomy book. Every criticism is very appreciated, also any advice how I should practice, to improve my general drawing/painting skills. Thanks in advance!