Hello! I'm new to both these forums and the world of art. I drew some cartoons during my early High School days, but nothing serious. I'd really like to start drawing again, this time more seriously and with an understanding of the fundamentals. Whether I draw more cartoons or choose to go in a more realistic direction, the basics are key!
I'm just unsure where to start. I've seen a lot of people recommend Loomis. I already own "Figure Drawing for all It's Worth" and "Drawing the Head and Hands." Are these books good places to start?
I've also seen people recommend Bammes for studying anatomy. Would you recommend one over the other?
As far as perspective drawing is concerned, a friend loaned me "Perspective Drawing Made Easy," but from what I've seen most people focus on proportions and anatomy before moving onto perspective.
There are local figure drawing classes where I live, and I will most certainly be attending them as well. From what I've heard, drawing from life is absolutely key and possibly more valuable then any book.
Are these good starting points? And is there anything else you would recommend to an absolute newbie?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all this! I really appreciate it!