Hello there, I saw no introduction section so I thought I would post an intro here and talk a little about why I am here and what I want to accomplish. Also sorry about the wall of text.
Clearly I am interested in art, gradually have been more interested in it every day. I am at the point now where I want to not only improve but I also want to pursue a self sustaining career in Art and defeat the cliche "Starving Artist".
As far as which career, I don't know yet. I am going to shoot for concept art because I like the idea of someone saying "I need to you draw ____" and I do it. My goal is to improve to where I can through time sustain myself over commissions and freelance as I am not interested in being part of a studio. If at some point I feel I want to pursue a different career then of course I will change my goals.
So where am I right now in my artistic endeavors? Well I am gradually improving. I "started" a few years ago, started looking at tutorials and such on the internet to help me get started. I didn't actually draw much until near the end of last year after a surgery.
I started out on the Sycra forums. These were some of my last posts before I had stopped posting because I became LAZY. Obviously this cant happen again. I heard good things about this forum so I checked it out. I am really interested in this community and what it can offer.
Right now I don't have a set in stone method. I an 22 and have a gratuitous amount of time on my hands, I can't and am not letting it go to waste. I am using a calendar that I mark how much time I spent drawing and what I did every day. I learned this is a good start, it feels really bad to mark on that calendar that I did nothing for that day and it only took about two weeks of the word "nothing" on that calendar to make me get up off my butt, put down the video games, and GET TO WORK.
I am going to start a sketchbook thread, of which I will post every day and as much as I can despite my fear of embarrassing myself. If I do not post every day and don't have a note from my doctor, I request that a forum member chuck a heavy stone at me.
Refer to the link I posted on the Sycra forum to get an idea on where I am. (here is an imgur album link). Right now I am just sketching, trying to get good form, confident lines, gesture, and shading. When I am confident with what I am doing I plan on going onto digital rendering. I have a Bamboo Fun 6" tablet I got about 6 years ago for Photoshop which I can use pretty well.
So far as books go I have Bridgmans Drawing From Life and Scott Robertson How To Draw (I really admire Scott Robertson). I also have a few Gnomon videos that I watch every once in a while.
Hopefully I could find someone I could Skype with, to be there to befriend, help with ideas, critiques, and motivation. I hope I could offer the same to them as well. I am looking forward to being active in this community.