Hey there! I'm new here - well, I have been hanging around on and off, but I've finally dared to register
I am not a professional, but I got it into my head that I want to learn to draw, and I tend to be stubborn My goal is to one day be able to draw illustrations and things from my imagination. Right now there's a GIANT gap between my imaginative and referenced work... and actually, until a couple of months ago, I believed that I just didn't have the "talent" for imaginative work. I now believe that it is a skill that can be learned, and I'm determined to learn it.
I have been doing a bunch of studies since then (I only hope that I can post pictures yet... well, I'll try). I also have Loomis "Figure Drawing for all it's worth", but I have been told in another forum that I should stay away from books and theory for now and just do studies, preferably from life. Unfortunately I'm really really broke right now, so paying for a figure drawing course isn't an option, and getting someone to pose (let alone nude) isn't that easy either So pretty much all I've done recently is from picture reference... I thought that doing more studies definitely can't hurt, but now I feel pretty stuck. I'm getting *faster* all right, but I'm just not sure I'm getting *better* as well. Personally, I kind of liked alternating between the book and the referenced studies, because it kept me thinking about what I was doing, and when I'm just painting with a reference all the time, I tend to get too "mechanical"... I'm just not sure what is the right approach at my level, I have never had any sort of instruction or art education. So any tips on what my weaknesses are and what I should concentrate on to make my practice more focused would be really appreciated!