Hey there, my name is Britain, and I'm new to art (and drawing for that matter) and just recently I decided, "Hey, I like this. I think I'll try to make a career out of it someday."
Hence, why this 'sketchbook' is my Prologue to that.
Gotta start somewhere. I guess I took some drawing classes in high school, but I didn't take from it as much as I should have.
I'll try to update.
It's hard when I try 'studies' on paper.
Anyway, I saw this 'Shrimp method' of drawing on tumblr, which really revealed to me that my visual library is poop.
Step one was to draw a shrimp from memory.
The next step was to study shrimp. Trace shrimp. Know shrimp.
The last was to go from memory again.
I swear this was intended to be a short quick reply!
Good start - really like your shrimp experiment, cool to see such a difference - Wouldnt have guessed the first one to be a shrimp, more like a 6-legged shark haha (which would make for a scary monster actually).
I see you found the sharp edged brushes for the 2nd shrimp attempt too, good! Although it does look a little pixelated (you know, like old computer game graphics).
If you decide to give the shrimp another go I would definitely smoothen it out a bit, and take another look at the legs/arms/crawly stuff on its belly, some of them seem to get thicker the further away they get from the body on your painting, I think its the opposite for most animals.
Some thoughts for your second picture, cool idea, like the guy in the front (looong travel ahead of this guy!) good scale (man to door). - But! the lighting / colour causes some confusion about the shape of the building.
See the lighting at the bottom surface(wall), and then look to the top, same shape (the circular platform in the sky) but very different lighting? I would also argue that the center structure casts a shadow on the left side spires, so they should be darker silhouettes, perhaps darker than what you did.
The building is placed right on the horizon line which seems a biiit exaggerated (it definitely pushes the idea of scale, but perhaps a bit too much?) - You could easily pull the background up a bit, to raise the horizon line just a bit.
Compositionally the clouds point to the building, man looking at the building, good! but the building is placed dead-center which seems a bit boring, perhaps move it out to the right side?
More generally, give us some stuff you've put more time into, so we dont critique stuff you already know but havent applied to your painting due to lack of time
Keep posting! - hope you will develop that 6-legged shark futher!