I just joined this site though I have known about it for a while. My name is Brandi, and I'm 18 years old, currently not in school for many personal reasons that I am not willing to discuss... Anyway... I am sorry if I'm doing something wrong by asking this, or posting this here, I have no idea where to post this. I know you all have a lot of tutorials and I was looking around and just got overwhelmed. This entire site, its just wow! I don't know what to do because I don't know what to look for.
But anyway. I have been drawing all of my life, and I have to say, I'm embarrassed and ashamed of myself. I've never been given any sort of instruction. I've never really been able to leave my comfort zones. I get too attached to trying to draw "cute" things and I've realized that I don't know ANYTHING about:
>coloring in general
I couldn't draw anything other than an animal if my life depended on it. (And even then, its still terrible)
I don't have any money, so traditional wise, all I have is cheap lead pencils and copy paper for drawing. At one point I owned some Prisma colored pencils which I spent all my birthday money on and my younger sister destroyed every single one before I could even get a good handle on them. What I do have is a wacom tablet in the smallest size available, and adobe photoshop CS2. I know how to barely get by trying to color and mess with layers, but in reality I can see that I don't know any basics at all. And this is why I need help. I feel like I need to start over.
Where am I supposed to start? What do people learning to become good artists practice drawing the most? How do I learn better anatomy? I've been seriously distressed. I ask my boyfriends opinion and he tells me my art is "bland and one-dimensional" And I took it as an insult for a long time but he's right. I don't know how to get out of this pathetic comfort zone that I'm in. I don't know why but I just don't see myself improving at all... I'm just so incredibly lost......
Art is my life, its the only thing I've ever been partially good at but I'm just so unhappy with everything that I do. Even when I draw the things that I like the most I feel this strange emptiness. I know I just joined this site, and I know none of you know or care about me... but I'd really just like for someone to give me some sort of advice on what to do... I need some sort of foundation.... Sorry this is really long too... I wont post any pictures for right now but if someone needs to see what I draw for reference of where I am I could do that... I have a photobucket and everything and I know how to post images....