Originally Posted by sidbledsoe
Learning to draw is recommended by every artist and school since the beginning of painting.
But you can just up and start oil paintings without any knowledge or skills in perspective, value, edges, proportions, etc. who needs that bunch of crap anyways, right!
And Anatomy. As Cennino Cennini mentioned in his book "Il libro dell'arte", you can only became a painter after 6 years of study such things and plus you need to have a good master as a teacher and plus you must study pigments and paint preparation immediately.
So forget about to be a painter until 6 years will pass by!
From such an important things, I studied only Anatomy!
But I did that long ago
But I guess, that still helps me to paint portraits!