I just made an account here, discovered this website some hours ago, looked around and I really like it.
I have a very specific question. I've been drawing all my life and I always thought I really draw well. If someone said stuff to me like "no man, that there looks kinda weird" I would just get angry and not even consider for a moment that person could be right. Because of that I really stood still on my level for many years and didn't even notice.
Also, I stopped drawing completely when I was like 14 (I just turned 19), except for some doodles at school and stuff like that. Now that was kinda stupid since my goal always was to get a job in that area, even after I stopped drawing. I mean, if everyone tells you that you draw well and you should become an artist you forget to do the judging yourself.
However over the last two years, I became really self-critical - I looked over my old drawings I thought were great and thought to myself holy crap, that's complete shit, who would in the world would be interested in that. That was like a week ago and now I really want to seriously pick up drawing again. Whenever I draw something now, my taste tells me "no, doesn't look good" and I get a little frustrated but my mind tells me if I keep at it, I could become really good. I mean, it's like playing piano (I do that aswell). If you tackle a hard piece, you HAVE to practice slowly at first and over time, it will get better.
My question is - HOW do you really get better at drawing? Where to start? With music I know, practice slowly, pay attention to the detail, maybe play etudes, do music theory. However here, I just don't know where to start, there's just too much that needs improvement. I can't draw humans, I can't draw clothes, I can't draw landscapes, I can't draw perspective, I'm bad at coloring... and so much more.
I didn't even have art on the computer, so just so you have a example I drew a quick 5 minute sketch (or however you could call that). I'm really uncomfortable with those tablets
Find some volumes of neutral color (geometrical objects: a box, a sphere, a cylinder, etc) and draw them with a pencil, trying to pay attention to 1 their construction in believable perspective 2 the big division of light and shade 3 reflected light 4 edges hope this helps!
(Think of it as building the basic vocabulary through which you'll show form)