its good your seeing results with all the hard work.
Id suggest to not worry about painting it digitally for now till you get better (digital can be tricky since you need to know the correct tools to make something, so dont worry about it for now). Traditional will be easier to learn with imo....
At this point your going to be wanting to be focusing on lighting and shadows more..so i would set up a lamp over an object in a dark room and do studies of the stuff. Sit down and look at it before drawing, really look at whats infront of you and then try to draw that, pay attention to everything. I would get yourself some charcoal sticks and some blending sticks. It will be easier to do shadows with charcoal since you can blend it out easier then led. Then you can you an eraser to put in the highlights. slowly building up the values.
Heres a link that shows how he use charcoal from start to finish.[link] Thats kinda the process of building it up. its very light at 1st then he slowly builds up the values to create a more natural look, then just putting a ton of charcoal down and making it look really messy.
You have the right attitude. Stick with it, it will all come with time. Learning art was like this for me also. I would work on one thing, get better at that. Then when i moved on to something new i would really see where i was lacking and then work on those areas. Its a constant back and forth of doing this to learn. Its all trial and error, just mess around with a technique, if it works cool, if it doesnt cool. I say just mess with different techniques to find the ones that work for you and take the things that help you and apply that into your workflow. It just takes time
An exercise to start shading is to just use black and white and concentrate on the tones as opposed to the colours. Also try drawing straight with the shade and not the lines first and block things out with shapes. It's just another way to draw. If you're doing 100 you've got a lot of time to experiment
Still life is a great way to learn to draw, in my experience learning to draw is simply learning to see. Except I am thankful that I learned to draw as a child and through my teenage years before I was old enough to give up or not bother to learn. So I commend anyone taking positive steps to improve their art and just enjoy the craft of drawing.
I remember reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" at university and doing some of the exercises but a lot of them I was like "wow.. I did that in high school, I did that too" so it turned out my high school teachers were simply teaching that book xD
Ah yes, I've read it. I myself am in High School, never even picked up a pencil before to draw. I have no idea why I decided to just get a tablet and start drawing to be honest. Pretty bad still, but everyone was bad at one point. And, really helps that I can feel and see the improvement in my line work.
About the book, it helped me 'see' those lines. But, that was about it. Especially that I only do the things on my tablet. Now that I'm thinking about it, never have I done a still life with a pencil. Will have to try that very soon. Anyways, thanks a ton for the advice you have given me. Will definitely give it a try
I love my tablet to bits, but I prefer drawing with a pencil and scanning for further work. I can draw digitally but I find the marks are not the same to me. The flow is wrong. But I also know people who work 100% digitally because they just hate drawing with a pencil. So art is all personal.
it's not bad at all. The only issue here is the confusion on a particular light source. the best thing to do is observe objects from real life. Get a mug or something shine a light on it from one side (make sure there are no other lights in the room, this includes natural light) and see the way the shadows and highlights are cast.