Hi guys, thought I'd drop by and join what seems to be an incredibly skilled community in hopes of actually sticking to something I start out on for once (I tend to start hobbies, get to the point of bare proficiency then drop it and move onto something else).
I've always wanted to create art (mostly fantasy art I guess) but every time I've thought "ok, I'll give this a shot" I've gotten halfway into drawing something, realised it was hopeless and dropped it within an hour or two. I bought a camera a year ago and started trying to take some decent shots but the "art" aspect of that lasted all of three months (I still love taking photos, but for some reason I just... don't, often)
That said, my room-mate draws some things that are magic, to my eyes, so here I am again. (It also helps that I've got an interstate job for the first six months of 2012 and need a portable hobby for while I'm up there)
I picked up "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" (on recommendation from a post here, I think) and after reading the first chapter, it's really making sense and giving me hope. Here are my three "dude-who's-never-drawn-in-his-life" drawings.
*EDIT* MOVED TO POST BELOW FOR EASE OF CHANGING THUMBNAIL *EDIT*
Self-portrait from observation (holy crap, it's not "good", but it's a heck of a lot better than anything I've come close to before)
Portrait of a friend from memory (ah, there we go, that's more like it -blech-)
Hand, from observation
I guess the big reason I'm putting this in a thread is because I'll probably feel a slight pressure to actually get off my ass and continue to try/improve rather than give it up after a month or two from either frustration or whim. I'll probably be uploading new stuff daily or second-daily as I read through the book and go through the exercises. (There, now I've got a deadline)