Beginners get really frustrated with not being able to draw consistently because they don’t have a good handle on the hard skills. If you can’t pull a pen across the paper without wobbling, how could you hope to reliably draw something as complicated as the human body…?
Framed Perspective 1 by Marcos Mateu-Mestre contains excellent information for the comic or concept artist: someone who needs to create a believable (but not technically perfect) world, to add mood and atmosphere to their cityscapes or room interiors, or direct attention within a frame. It does so by teaching applied perspective.
Drawabox is basically a really solid drawing exercise plan for absolute beginners. I do hear often that it’s “too hard”/”too long”, and I admit that it does ask you to do a lot of work. However, the value you get back for your efforts is pretty incredible. In fact, I think any artist could benefit from doing these exercises… and you can’t beat the price, which is free…
There is no right answer that fits everyone. Some people can study with death metal blasting from their headphones; some like complete silence. Some people love meeting new faces, and some prefer a little alone time. Doesn’t it make sense that your approach to your career should be the same way?
I remember this book being so famous that even non-artists had heard of it. For good reason, because this is a simple, beginner-level classic that teaches you how to turn off your doubts and just draw.