Good day everyone. I understand this question has been asked several times. I understand it is not the first and it definitely won't be the last and I also understand you guys have an extensive Wiki. I am actually not new to the art world. I have plenty of experience. I have been doing art for more than a decade. However, most people still think I am new. I am simply self taught and I am simply not very good at it. Now I know everyone SAYS that they are not very good, but most professional artist I show my work to think I am new. They say "you have not been doing this very long have you." I tell them I have been training for 10 years straight and my learning methods have diminishing returns.
When less experienced people ask me how do I draw the things I do, I always say "You need to become classily trained and draw from life." Most will ask me how to do that. And I always say the same thing. "I don't know, I just looked up random things on the internet and practiced a lot. That is why I am not very good myself." Then I'll see them fill an entire sketchbook with anime. No understanding of perspective, depth, foreshortening, balance, etc. You all know what I mean. Then I go "No dude, draw real things." Then they start drawing people. Then I say "No, you need to draw simple things first." Then they'll draw something they think is simple but is actually very complex. Like a gun or a an entire city block. Then I say, "No no, you must learn about line, shape and form, color theory etc." I'll say something like, "Try to draw a can or a bottle at 45 degree angles all the way around and see you can retain proportions and perspective by making a small flipbook. I dunno." But that's really the limit to what I can give them. I can give them resources I personally think are good like Ctrl+Paint or the Dynamic Anatomy book.
Again, I feel this brute force method of learning have diminishing returns. When I ask artist who are more advanced than me, they generally say...
"Here is a list of every resource that has ever been made in all of human history since the beginning of time, just read all of it, any of it, I don't care, I had to bleed myself dry to learn this stuff so you must do the same. It's not my job to spoonfeed you." I believe most people are saying "I want to maximize productivity and growth efficiency when I learn things." What the experts hear is "I want to be a lazy fuckoff who doesn't want to work for anything in life." I do not believe this is how most people think. I do believe most people are willing to put in the work.
I don't want to treat people like this. I don't want people to have to go through the same existential struggle I did, and there are plenty of people who have studied art for only a couple years time at a proper institution and they can run circles around me. I do not feel my resources are sufficient. We are in the age of information and we can get any resource we want literally in seconds. However we must accept that some resources are move valuable for beginners than others. When I ask the highest class of experts what resources are good for beginners, they normally give the same answers.
If you want to start life drawing, read Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the brain. And don't draw images from computer screens or books. Make sure there is a healthy set of drawings you have drawn directly from life. Why life? Because you can draw it from multiple angles and create a flipbook so proportions are immediately noticeable. You even have a better sense of scale and methods for determining perspective.
If you want to be a concept artist, watch Sycra and Feng Zuh. Keep in mind I feel like Feng Zuh should only be seen if you already a handle on the fundamentals.
If you want to start animation, read the Illusion of Life.
If you want to learn how to model for games, read the Marmoset website and the EarthQuake threads.
to summarize, my question is, when teaching someone to understand the elements of art, are there any resources that are unanimously praised by the elite class of talent? I'm sorry this is so long but I want everyone to understand, and know how new people see things. Technology is advancing and the human race is becoming faster and I want the younger people learning from us to learn it faster.
EDIT 1: Also, show progress! It helps to see HOW one is evolving. That way we can refine the areas that need improvement.
EDIT 2: Get into Pinterest. Don't just upload your own stuff, but look at other people's stuff as well. It helps to see all the different styles and viewpoints side by side and it makes it easier to distinguish each other.