Originally Posted by 46highboypu
Most of the replies have given very good advice. The only way to "learn" any kind of task is by doing it. I have two degrees in art (that most days I would well cheap) and used to be an instructor in public school. Note that I said instructor, not teacher, I don't think you can teach "art" you can only instruct in the techiques used to create it. That is where to "born to" comes in. As for drawing the best thing is to draw, a lot. I don't have it at hand but there is a great set of advice from a great artist that basically says draw all the time. Sketch and then refine over and over. You don't need special markers or tools until you need them if you get what I'm saying... they are for finished work. You might also notice that Foose uses a lot templates to get perfect ovals for tires and wheels, masking papers to stop the marker line from going too far, and over lays for the airbrushing and highlighting. But above all else draw. If it is any help look at the concept illustrations on the other shows, the guy who works for Barry white isn't nearly as good, and alot of the others are more cartoony. I don't knock cartoons I published a few.
I agree with all the above when iit comes to different levels, any one could be a tattoo artist since it's basically a template, but when someone comes in and asks for a freehand, then your stuck, I was already drawing well at age 8 and other than injuries to my hands, I could probably still do it just as well if not better than when computers started taking over. I've had many published and sold works but would never consider myself a pro or even a novice at this when my jaw drops at some peoples works.
What is extremely funny is when 46highboypu and others say that you create your own style which is totally true and when instructed well, you will have your own style. I remember failing art in almost every grade because they actually wanted me to just copy anothers style, which I don't personally like. Then they shoved painting barns, but it was a painting we were copying, lol.
It's always a good start to follow someones lead, but then move on as you see fit.