If there’s one important thing I can convey to you fledgling artists out there, it’s that drawing from life is invaluable, just sit and sketch your friends for a few hours. If you can’t get them to sit still, sketch people on the subway, sketch your pets, sketch anything you can. You will be amazed at your own progress if you do this consistently. Breaking down planes and values with a live model is a completely different process than working from a photo. This advice even applies to cartoons, remember that realism will inform ALL your drawings.
Tonight I sketched my boyfriend while we watched Being Elmo on Netflix. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, go watch it right now. It’s inspiring, heartwarming, adorable.. So many adjectives. Maybe it will inspire you to follow your dream. :)