Hi Mystery... I seem to recommend the book "Drawing on the right side of the brain" a lot, but that's only because it's fantastic :-). You should be able to find it at your local library, or used. She assumes *nothing* and takes you through a lot of really good exercises. It won't take you long to go through, but (if you're like me) it'll take about five years off of the learning process.
Second, I'd recommend taking a class or two. My first drawing teacher was *awful* but it was good anyway; I was going through the "Drawing..." book's exercises before the class started (and a bit into the class), and the class was making me practice. And, I wound up learning a LOT from seeing what the other people in the class did... way more than I learned from the teacher. I've had several fantastic teachers since then... I recommend good ones, oddly enough :-) but any class is better than none. If nothing else, you get to ask questions on how people did stuff, and they can show you right there. I ask the "how did you DO that?" question a lot here too.
And then, lots of practice... there's really no substitute for practice, but as I say, good books (there are others) and teaching will make a HUGE difference in how quickly and well you get at this stuff. And trust me, it's a lot more fun when you like the results :-)
Good luck! Enjoy the journey! Post lots here, we'd love to see it all. In spite of the first reply, we really are a good supportive group here.
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