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I have failed to learn anything at all in the past few years so it's time to look into alternatives to self teaching. As I look over my gallery I realize that there still  
isn't anything there I'm not completely ashamed of. The work is objectively bad that is all there is to it.

I'm currently searching for a new art community because, I'm not getting anything out of deivantart. Too many people want to just compliment work and some complain when I  
express my opinion on my own work. I really don't want to be around people who like the current work in my gallery.
Deivantart is not geared towards improving or getting critiques. Looking at the critiques section of this site reinforces the idea that I really need to find somewhere else.  
unfortunately I'm having quiet a bit of trouble  with actually finding anywhere that would be willing to actually accept my work but, at the same time would criticize it  
harshly. would be the place to go except people around my skill level are merely tolerated (at most) and are told to go practice. Unfortunately practicing isn't helping.
Their "Level Up" section doesn't seem like it's worth the money at all. From what I've seen it's just a quick series of instructions with little to no feed back. The actual  
art forum seems like it's mostly dead these days and I really don't think that posting a sketchbook thread would get any attention (again due to my low skill level).

Crimson Daggers looks alright but, they might be a little too afraid to give harsh critiques that I really need. Also not sure how they'd react to the idea that I've been  
through the majority of commonly recommended resources.

Scyra's forums looks far too nice. I'm not seeing too much real critique going on there as much as I am seeing compliments. His "Study Buddies" mentions people teaching each  
other. I have nothing to teach so it would be pointless for me to go there.

Pencil Jacks doesn't look like it would help me. No one there near my skill level at all. It has an inactive challenge forum. Too bad because it says "you will be insulted"  
sounds perfect for me.

I can't think of anywhere else to go at the moment. Any ideas on where people would really dislike the work in my gallery and would help me learn to get and actually learn how to draw?

In real life I live in a fairly large city and there are many, many museums but, none of them contain anything I'm interested in and it seems impossible to find any real  
community for illustrators. All of the classes from the various colleges seem to be the easy A sort and none of the instructors are willing critique work. Where else can i go  
to learn how to draw? So far I've been through pretty much all of the popular books ( ) and videos ( ) and yet I have failed to  
learn anything on my own.

I've been looking into online courses and I have found a lot of them but, no real opinions on them. I find testimonials that remind me of the before and after drawings in  the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". Unfortunately my drawings still look like the before side even after having been through the book twice.
has online courses but, are they any good? If so are they just there for people who already know how to draw? Even the most basic course looks far too advanced for me and it  
looks like most students are expected to be extremely fast learners. This is just judging from the preview videos. One of the instructors claims that people have taken one 3  
hour class and they've learned more than 4 years at a single university. Somehow I'm suspicious of this.
The instructor in the preview videos recommends "The Art Spirit" no idea how good the book is either.
They claim  "We have just started a BEGINNER BOOT CAMP- that we highly recommend for the true newbie!" but, I have no real way of knowing what the course content is. With that being said I have not a single clue as to how effective these courses are.

"The Art Department" no longer exists as far as classes go. I have no idea if they were effective or not but, it doesn't matter anymore since they are unable (or unwilling) to offer courses.

I'm looking for first hand experiences not blind recommendations. I really need an online art course geared towards someone who can't learn on their own.

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scorpafied Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Ok seen your comment on the forums about critism. Allow me. Your work is actually pretty decent. Your lines are good and accurate. You show good amounts of detail.

What lets your work down i feel is your shading. there isnt much of it to be seen. And the peices that do most notably the perspective practise and the spray bottle. in some cases there isnt much contrast so lighting is barely visible. And in perspective piece the shading had no transition so it felt like a rough draft a crude first attempt at figuring out where it should of been coming from.

In conclusion not bad work.
DelphineApollo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry to hear that. I hope to stop drawing this way entirely. My lines are inaccurate and do not describe form properly and everything ends up looking flat. 
I hope to draw entirely differently than I am now as I hate everything I have drawn. The Spray bottle is very, very clumsy and does not look like the object I was attempting to draw in real life.
Elf-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, let me help you out :3
DelphineApollo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Elf-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a secret, I'll note you about it >:3
HankJWimblton Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm probably in the same state of mind as you, thinking that my art sucks. 

But really, you shouldn't complain, your art's better than mine at least. Heck it'd be a few YEARS before i can draw at your level.
DelphineApollo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
It does not matter to me whether or not I am better or worse than anyone else. It matters that I am able to create what I intend to and right now I have never been able to do that. 
Mary-Draws Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know EXACTLY how you feel.
HankJWimblton Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well what do you want to create?
DelphineApollo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I want to be able to go into commercial illustration but, I lack the skills and ability to do anything I want. Everything I've done turns out horribly and it feels like I've wasted my time when I practice since I don't seem to be getting anywhere.
My favorites should show you but, here are some examples:
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