First post in CA, heheh. This seems to be the right section for this sort of question...
I'm a 16 y/o aspiring artist. I've been drawing for 4 years now, altho not that seriously...I don't practice much, and half of those years have been me agonizing over my art skills like a chump, haha. Plus it was mostly in a terrible cartoonish artstyle with no real technique. I'm starting to take art learning more seriously, and when I found this forum I was overjoyed! I immediately (well, after some reading) grabbed my pencil and started doing some life sketches. I felt great...up to a certain point. After a couple of attempted sketches, I realized I've had an issue for at least most of my drawing years and never noticed.
I...never draw details. Ever. Everything I do is highly simplified and when I try to add some textures or something I start freaking out. I can do a basic contour drawing, maybe some super simple crosshatching shading, and that's about it. Whenever I try to get myself to add some actual details, or draw something more complex than simple 3D shapes, it makes me really anxious and I basically shut down.
This is especially frustrating for me because in a lot of tutorials I read/watch, the author will oftentimes warn about doing details too early. They give hints like "restrain yourself from jumping into details first" and "first simplify, then you can add details". One tutorial even said "And now that we've finished the underdrawing, we can do the fun part- details!"
I eventually want to learn digital painting, which requires skills like realistic rendering. That's many years in my future, sure, but I don't think I can practice towards that goal very easily without being able to draw *some* details. So...how do I get over this anxiety of mine? I've tried to just draw through it on a life drawing, but the second I actually have the un-detailed drawing in front of me, I can't bring myself to put the pencil on paper. Help ><