I'm re-learning how to draw, and particularly interested in illustration/cartooning. Looking for resources that will aid me in my quest.
I've doodled as a hobby for most of my life. I majored in art (painting and drawing); I learned and improved to some extent, but mostly I half-assed it through my classes. That was several years ago, and I haven't done anything with my degree other than more idle doodling. This year, I've decided to really work at it and get better, so I can make art that I'm satisfied with.
I'm not a complete novice to drawing, but I am rusty, and the way I've been drawing all these years feels more like a collection of habits than a coherent style, and it only gets me so far. I know what looks "right" when I see it, but I have trouble making it happen in my work. So I figure I need to do two things: practice as much as possible, and read and observe and gather and absorb all the outside information I can. I've been doing the former, and could use recommendations on the latter.
Currently I'm working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
, since it's been recommended in so many previous AskMes, we already had a copy, and it seemed like a pretty good jumping-off point. It's a good refresher, and I like having specific exercises to do. On the other hand, I prefer playing around with styles and am drawn to illustration and short-form comics, which the book doesn't talk about.
I read Understanding Comics
several years ago, liked it a lot, and will need to return to it. Will Eisner is on my to-read list too. I really like the Indistinguishable from Magic
blog so far. This previous question
has a lot of recommendations that I'll be checking out, too. However, I don't want to limit my focus to comics and comic-book styles.
What else should I be reading, looking at, or doing? Who should I be following or talking to? I'm looking for both instruction and inspiration, any skill level or style. Pretty much anything and everything.
Thanks, as always!