As a child I used to draw (and to a lesser extent, paint) all the time, but fell out of practice by my mid-teens from being forced to move countries multiple times.
I've been itching to draw for a while, but my worry is this: I'm 20 now, near 21. I've been out of practice for years and while I am capable (both in schedule and mentality/enjoyment) of investing plenty of time into it, I worry that as I've been so out of practice that my skills wouldn't catch up to someone who has had art as a consistent hobby all their life.
My only self-reprieve is that I was considered very good for my age, but I'm jaded on that because obviously I'm aware of far more professional work now.
Beyond what I used to do- draw whatever I saw, I'm unsure as to how to go about improving my skills. For example, I never cross-hatched for shading; I mainly used different leads/strokes/densities of colour to shade and never really learnt how to cross-hatch.
Up until my mid teens I always said concept art was my dream job, and I feel that way now also so it would be great to hear some encouraging words and advice on getting my head back into sketchbooks, but the cynic in me refuses to abate without some feeling of confirmation that I wouldn't just be doomed to inferiority because of my disadvantage versus longer-practiced artists.
I'd much appreciate hearing what some more experienced artistic peers have to say on this matter, so, thoughts please!