Probably too off the topic of pixel art specifically to be posted as it's own topic, so here goes, in this thread.
Basically, I have a plan set out, to practice my drawing skills intensively for the next 4 weeks before school starts up again. I'm getting my copy of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" in the mail tomorrow, and I'm going to start working with it on Monday. My plan is to finish reading every last word, doing every last exercise, etc. within two weeks. After that, I'm going to get myself to draw (at least) 5 hours a day for the remaining two weeks (since I'll have open time; internship ends).
Here's my question: what are some things I try doing to improve over these two weeks? I might have a good idea once I get to them, but it generally works that if I don't plan something beforehand I make a sloppy plan as I go along and everything turns out crap and I act all lazy
Some advice I've heard a lot is to do a lot of life drawing; other advice is to study anatomy of the human body, the face, animals, etc. Are these recommended ideas, and if they are, what would you recommend I do specfically?
Or should I come back and ask after I've finished said book?
Or should I even ask at all? Should I just figure it out along the way?
Perhaps I sound ridiculous to the good artists here when I ask these questions, so bear with me
I'm simply just over-motivated to improve at the fastest pace I can push myself at with my given schedule.
Oh, and on a side note, the one thing I've specifically planned in is MLP anatomy study (because I plan on still making tons of fan-art in the future). Basically I'm going to spend a day (or two or three) watching through season 1 again to an extent, pause the episodes every minute, draw the undersketches/actual form of the ponies in the still frame, and keep a "pony notebook" of all of these so that I can reference them in the future for how poses would work, but also to try and practice correct anatomy with "live" references (it's as close as I can get to "life drawing" with said ponies
Cheers to tangible improvement by September (or so I'll hope)!