only been drawing since september so I suck, but I'm proud of sticking with it and settling into a practising pattern. I read a quote somewhere from a famous artist who said "it took me 9 years to learn how to draw, but 9 hours to learn how to paint."
>>2385059 You're not reading that quote correctly. The fundamentals needed in painting is drawing. That's why it takes 9 years. If you've only been taking this seriously for a few months, just keep grinding. Learning how to paint is just learning how paint and brushes work. You're going to suck at painting if you don't practice drawing.
>>2385059 I used to hate crosshatching until I got decent at it. The early steps to anything is painful when what you're making looks like garbage to you but you'll improve.
You can also do some smudge shading and use an eraser pen to do reductive crosshatching for the highlights and some filler crosshatching for for the deeper shadowing. There's actually a lot you can do and experiment with to keep it interesting. I recommend you at least learn some to increase your knowledge base.
Pirate tv shows and watch them while you crosshatch. My go to shows when doing the grunt work for drawing are. HBO's Rome, I Claudius, Deadwood, Star Trek TNG, and the Wire.
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