My art skills improvement - HELP!
I'm a self-taught beginner. I want to improve my drawing/painting skills - however I am aware that there are a loooot of things that I need to work on. So many in fact, that I don't know what should I work on first. Because I think that I should focus at one thing at the time. I'm not the spontaneous type, I like to think things through and pick the most effective way to my goal. In this situation it backfires at me, because in this case I don't know how to prioritize. And so when I sit down to draw, I don't know what should I focus on and can't draw/paint anything at all...
My art style and art preference is half-realism. I want to learn how to make real things seem out of ordinary through play of light/shadow and color. I have many beautiful images in my head which I am unable to convey because I don't have enough skills... What I think I need to work on the most now are:
- COLOR (I'm good at mixing colors but not so good at using and 'inventing' them on my own in the painting, if you know what I mean... I guess that in this aspect it is more about COMPOSITION than the color itself?)
- ANATOMY and GESTURE
Mediums I want to 'master' right now are:
- soft pastels
(I already have pencil and colored pencils down as the medium in itself)
Could any of you give me some advice on what should I work on first? Or maybe I am going about it the wrong way altogether? I get that I can work on multiple things at the time (like practice color along with the landscape) but I would like to exercise in my sketchbook one thing at the time while I'm not painting/drawing anything big - I believe that it would be more effective. What do you think?