, that's the hope---that folks will see that if this old dog can learn to draw (free, on-line) then they can too.
Basically, I tried illustrating my home campaign adventure and was terribly disappointed by the results. I decided I needed to learn human anatomy, so I found the proko.com video course
and started watching one a day. You can also watch it on YouTube
. There are a few premium courses you have to pay for acesss, but the the vast majority of it is free.
Meanwhile (this is the summer of 2020 post-COVID), I discovered the semi-retired comic book artist John Byrne had recently started posting a free page-a-day fan fiction of the X-men
, picking up where he had left off when he exited the book back in the early 1980's. He posted his raw pencils, and since I always loved his art...it really inspired. Also, around that time I was reading a Conan anthology (because I was uber-hyped on all things AD&D) and discovered Mark Schultz's art
(Xenozoic Tales). He focuses on pencils-only and B&W inked art, which is perfect for D&D...and me as well because I'm red-green color blind! Lastly, I reached out to Peter Mullen, the A-list RPG artist who also teaches art, and we started corresponding. I think Peter's work is the best the hobby has ever seen.
That's really it. Now I try to draw for 30 minutes a day, but the reality is it's much less than that. My inking is still The Suck...but it's getting better slowly too. I'm in no hurry. Like D&D, it's purely a hobby for me. I'm not looking for another day job---one is more than I can handle at times! What's been as much fun as learning to draw is the resulting explosion of interesting illustrators I've come to appreciate. You look at art with a very different eye as a practitioner...and (for me at least) end up liking WAY more artists and styles than you might have previously. It's kinda of wild.
Here's one more following another Monge sketch pretty closely for the dino-mount (because I have no idea how lizard anatomy works and haven't fallen into the abyss of endlessly drawing dragons yet). Forgive the modern cliche subject matter, and poorman's pastiche---Monge's very talented with creature design!