practice isn’t everything
it’s absolutely the key to getting better at anything, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something else you need alongside practice in order to really get better
and that is a directed focus
if you’re drawing the same thing the same way all the time because that’s all you know to do, you’re absolutely not going to be getting better. if you push yourself to expand your limitations in something, ANYTHING, and to really, critically SEE… that is when true improvement sets in
“why isn’t this better? what else can I keep in mind next time? what did I forget?”
I’ve seen a lot of people stagnate because they don’t realize that simply drawing a lot isn’t the only key. you have to have some awareness of what you want to work on next, and study hard on that subject.
“why did I make these choices in the shape of the eye? what does this line truly represent? did I capture the essence of the form?”
Pay as much attention as you can to why you make the decisions you do, and keep in mind that acting on “gut instinct” for most of your drawing is okay sometimes, but not all the time.