I recently returned to art after a hiatus, as I'm able to devote some considerable time to it now after a long time of being unable to do so. Given the spotty learning and bad habits I used to have (I walked that anime path that many others tread!) I've decided to try to discard everything I learned before as far as possible and start my learning from scratch with the right teachers. I'm armed with some great learning materials, including Loomis, Gurney, Hogarth, and a few others, many from recommendations I've seen here.
The problem is, there's so much to look at I don't know where to start! My goal is to create large scale illustrations including both character and environmental art. But I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things I need to learn about between here and there, and I'm finding myself hopping from figure drawing to painting and colour studies to trying plants and environments and ending up wandering in so many different new directions I'm not getting anywhere!
I feel like I need some structure. Is there a logical progression from one topic to another that I'm missing? Have any of you created "learning plans" for yourself and has it helped you stay on track? How do others manage their learning process when there are so many important areas to learn about? Any other advice anyone can offer?