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I'm starting to think that I haven't gotten any better at art. To clarify, I didn't get into art until college (2015-2019) but I've been practicing drawing during my last years there. I've since been doing my best to regularly practice with a variety of subjects and techniques. I've now moved on to the human figure and foreshortening. However, I've recently found difficulty in drawing these as well as the previous things I've drawn. Upon reflection, I'm now worried that I've practicing all wrong all this time, and that's wrenching to me.

I'm trying new practice methods, so hopefully I'll improve, but I'm not sure if I'll improve.
 

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At the risk of sounding overly-arrogant, you might consider the list in my signature.

Sometimes taking a break from a particularly difficult task can refresh an artist's perspective of their own work. Keep drawing, but ignore the hard part for a couple days.

Break practice sessions into smaller chunks. Simplify the technique being practiced into more/smaller steps.

Post your work here and ask for comments/critiques (C&C) for some feedback.
 

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I'm starting to think that I haven't gotten any better at art. To clarify, I didn't get into art until college (2015-2019) but I've been practicing drawing during my last years there. I've since been doing my best to regularly practice with a variety of subjects and techniques. I've now moved on to the human figure and foreshortening. However, I've recently found difficulty in drawing these as well as the previous things I've drawn. Upon reflection, I'm now worried that I've practicing all wrong all this time, and that's wrenching to me.

I'm trying new practice methods, so hopefully I'll improve, but I'm not sure if I'll improve.

We artists are always hard on ourselves :) Remember that every day you practice makes you better than the day you don't practice at all.
When facing such doubts myself, I remind myself - if you stack thin papers one over another, you will eventually get a thick bundle. Even though each individual paper doesn't seem to have any thickness and doesn't seem to contribute to the final stack. But looking at the stack, you can clearly see that i could not exist without those thin, individual papers
Each day we practice is like than thin paper, which doesn't seem to have value on its own, but each one is important in creating the final stack you'll become :)

Hope this helps
 

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Wonderful advice from other Artists!

~ I've found in my career as a self employed artist is to have FUN with my art, with drawing, sketching, exploring other techniques - I have never necessarily seen it as practice, just playing with my creative passion - for that it what inspires us, right?

Keep the joy in your art, and you'll experience the true artistic instinct that made you want to be an artist in the first place, and it will expand from there :)
 
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