The way to start is to honestly quit reading this sentence and begin painting, Period.
In fact, you shouldn’t even be reading this sentence right now, what are you still reading this for?
Stop. GO paint and come back in a few hours…I’ll wait here……
No really… GO
OK. Back? How was that? Sucks huh? You aren’t there yet. What’s in your head isn’t on the digital canvas yet. But it will be. Given time, energy, and patience. It will. You’re learning workflow. Lighting, where you like to start, if you enjoy working from a sketch or a blank canvas, what colors you enjoy seeing next to each other , and so many more ideas as you screw up, adjust, and paint some more. It’s all building up steam. But it just takes time and effort. Things many artists don’t like to hear. But the few who do? They have careers. Remember, the only difference between a professional and an Amateur is not quitting. Well that, and meeting your deadlines….. being personable…. giving the client what they want….oh and having a business sense…. well you get the picture.
For me, drawing is the first stage of a 4 part play.
I think a brilliant draftsman can get a job and keep it. But those people are rare in this industry. They’ll also have a certain something they add to their craft. Like Glen Keane is a brilliant draftsman and animator, Nico Marlet adds a tone and light pencil to his design work, etc etc.
But people identify with you as an artist if you have something to say with your art. Either it’s humor, sophistication, horror, story telling, etc.
It’s less about what do they want to see and more what do you want to show them. If you want to be a line art guru than own it. Learn a ton. Cross hatching, variations on pencil tone, strokes, thick to thin.
But don’t just “do something” because you think it will get you a job. What if it doesn’t? What if you spend the next 4 years doing it and you hate it and still no one hires you? So now you’re broke and hate painting……That will really suck. Learn to paint for the right reasons. If you want to be a better painter and it will help you become a fuller artist, that’s the right reason. So again…..quit reading this right now and paint…
We’ll wait here……