Hey everyone! I've been lurking this site sporadically for a few years now. I'm not much of an artist - although I do make a lot of photomanipulation nonsense art in Photoshop for fun.
I'm joining here because I've always wanted to learn the fundamentals of painting and of using color and shading and light sources and all of that good stuff to make art. I figured coming here, someone would probably be able to point me in the right direction.
So I guess the thing to ask is...what sites/books did you learn the things that made you a decent artist? Where would you recommend a guy like me with virtually no experience or knowledge about the specifics to go learn? I'm broke and unemployed, so I'll take anything free or cheap I can get.
Thanks, and I hope to see you guys around!