Okay, so I'm taking the plunge and starting a sketchbook. I'd love to have your comments and criticisms no matter how harsh because I know I have a long way ahead of me to become a truly professional grade artist.
So, I did about 30 minutes of gesture drawing via the tool found here as my opportunity for life drawing classes is non existent due to the conservative nature of my country. We have sort-of-life drawing classes at my college, but those won't be available to me until next semester so we'll see.
Before I started this, I realized that there isn't a single aspect of art that I particularly need to target. I am lacking in pretty much every department so I need to focus on everything. I kind of felt overwhelmed, not quite knowing where to start until I just decided to throw in my lot with anatomy for now. I've been studying the book "Figure Drawing: Design and Invention" by Michael Hampton. I'm still very early at the beginning but I'm loving it so far. Along with that book, I decided to do gesture/figure drawing practice using that tool as well.
I've read in some thread here that one way to get good practice is to go out in some public place and just sketch people, so I think I'll try to do that maybe once a week (I've got a full schedule with school)
These are 30 sec 'gestures', as you can see I have no clue what I'm doing, despite reading extensively on the subject. I'm guessing it's one of those things that get better with practice. So far though, I've been way too slow to even get a simple gesture that looks semi decent in 30 seconds.
1 min, 5 min, and somewhere between 7 and 8 minutes ones. I've done slightly better with those.
This is a 15-20 minutes quick self portrait sketch I did the other day;