Looks like you learnt to see, which means you know enough to spot your shortcomings. That is fine.
Originally Posted by Sarosna
If you have been drawing since December 2012, you are an absolute beginner, who should not even think about settling with mediums and styles. Forget about Disney style right now: it is really sophisticated.
You seem to believe you can draw flowers, trees and stuff, so I suggest you show some of your work. Understand that these seemingly simple things are quite complicated, and not a good start for beginners. You just discovered that animals are even more complicated: they make you realise you cannot draw.
Copying a master without knowing what you are doing will teach you nothing. It is really not automagically making you understand construction. If you want to learn construction, study construction.
I look at a blank sheet on my sketch book and come up with nothing. I've been doing some "master studies" lately from animation production sheets. I do really well with them. And you'd think it would teach me something about construction drawing but then when I try to draw a cute kitten from my head I suddenly get nothing.
This is going to take time. Take a step back, draw an apple and post the results here.
So I really don't know what I should do...use photo references more? Keep on copying the model sheets for animated movies (not sure if this is helping at all since copying in general is kinda bad, this is what I've been told at least)? Art classes and art education aren't really an option. This is a hobby for me and not a job nor will it ever be my job. I don't have the time.
Gestures are not necessarily good looking drawings, they are hard to do and take a lot of practice.
I've tried 1 minute gesture drawing but frankly I find it very distressing. I have a hard time accepting messy, shit looking sketches and I fail to realize what good do I get out of them. I also have a hard time figuring out how I should start a drawing. With a stick figure? With the basic shapes?
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