I don't know if I'm becoming dyslexic, but I can't seem to type or write anymore without making spelling errors. Mixing up letters and putting additional letters in, like I actually did by accident with the title. I'm probably being melodramatic and just need to practice writing/typing more. (So many corrected errors as I wrote those 2 sentences.)
Anyway on to what I was actually going to write about.
Two weeks ago I had a table at Perth Oz Comic Con, and it was a great show. Sold out of all my stock and got a few good commissions for after. Can't wait to do it again in Melbourne. One of the highlights for me was the feedback I got from some of the pros at the show. Not the pat on the back variety, but rather the critique. Turns out my anatomy needs some attention. I was told that while I seem to have a handle on perspective and rendering, the foundations of my figure drawing are weak which is leading to my work having some critical errors. David Yardin (look him up if you're into amazing art) took a look at my stuff and I could tell straight away he was seeing problems. Within 30 seconds he spotted all kinds of issues with proportion, light, shadow and actual anatomical knowledge. He was able to see through the distracting details that litter my artwork, and basically said "Get back to basics. Learn more about anatomy and figure drawing, and you won't have to spend time adding in little dots and scratchy lines to cover up uncertainties." That's very roughly paraphrased.
I can't believe that for so long I'd looked at my own work, and never really noticed mistakes that now seem so obvious. With that and a few other things in mind, I've begun to study anatomy some more and am determined to make some genuine changes in my art. I'm not going to change HOW I draw, but I'm going to improve on some fundamentals which will make my art better.
The pros always have some knowledge to impart. For too long I've been too insular, and it's only ever held me back.
If you're an amateur artist like me then my advice is GET FEEDBACK. Take it on board, but not personally.