Hello, all. I’m kind of new around here—I’ve been admiring everybody’s work from the shadows for awhile now. I’ve always considered myself more of a hobbyist than a professional, so I understand that I won’t ever reach the caliber of some of the amazing works on this site. My drawing/sketching ability is adequate/decent and my painting is fairly acceptable. I’ve recently got a Wacom tablet and PS CS2 to pursue my interest of the visual arts.
My question is this: What is the best approach to honing my skill so that I can become satisfied with my output? Are there good books? I’ve taken art classes before (mostly high school), but I didn’t feel like those benefited me all that much. Right now, I feel like my stuff is too ‘mushy’. My colors blend together and some details are lost.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I searched for something similar to this question, but I failed to find any. I don’t mean to be ‘that guy’. Thanks!