Hi! I really hope this is the right place to post something like this. I am honestly looking for help, and I'm not even sure I will ever be able to find it. But I am going to keep looking until I do!
I am interested in learning art. My problem is that I can't seem to find a direction to start. The way I learn how to do things is through two things: structure and example. I am having a huge problem with the structure part.
First, I'll explain what field of art I am most interested in. Right now, my goal is to learn traditionally, with a pencil and paper. I want to learn faces, figure drawing, poses, anatomy, etc. Those are my main targets right now. I don't mind starting off with realism but I ideally would like to develop a style that is somewhat between realism and cartooning.
My best friend is a very, very talented artist and has been trying to help me along my way but we both learn things very differently. Although he is trying his best to help me, I still feel lost.
I am an absolute beginner. No history in art. I took art classes in high school but I never really took them seriously. I took a drawing class in my first semester in college but it was a disaster because we were just left to "draw" with no direction.
I have read that a lot of people say there IS no other way than to just draw. And practice, practice, practice. I intend to do both of those, but it would help me SO much more if I had some kind of path to follow. Like, do this first and then do this next. Even something as simple as, learn how to draw facial features first and then work on the shape of the face itself. Or work on anatomy first and then focus on facial features.
Is there a guide somewhere that has something along these lines? Or perhaps a book I could buy that is highly recommended?
I have been trying to learn anatomy by copying photographs of models that I find online. I don't feel like I am making any improvement because as I am copying these people, not only does it look horrible but I have NO idea what I am doing! I feel clueless and frustrated because I have taught myself things before and I know the feeling when something is making sense and I am progressing.
I would be so grateful if somebody would please point me in a direction. Surely there must be an artist with a similar mindset as I am. Or is this all in vain and there is no direction to becoming an artist? I figure that can't be the case, but who knows... I am completely new to visual art and I am sadly, not a very visual learner but I don't want to let that stop me!
Sorry for the ridiculously long post, but I am really dedicated to developing my skill as an artist and I feel like this forum may have some answers for me, hopefully!