Originally Posted by luvinlife68
Hi, As a real newbie to drawing (now 70 years old) I feel rather intimidated by the talent on here and as yet have not bucked up the courage to post anything I've done. Even so, I have been most grateful for the advice given in the critiques of posted work and am using that to teach myself and improve. When I have the courage, will post.....
I can relate to feeling somewhat intimidated. I started drawing about 10 years ago when I was 50 something. I had a hard time getting a likeness and my work certainly bore little resemblance to the things I saw here ... but I gathered my courage and began to post. A kind soul took me under her wing so to speak and encouraged me and worked with me which got me started.
I suspect you will end up with a similar experience. Nobody here is going to be discouraging - if they do not like your work they just won't say anything. Most people do not post anyway - they lurk and read. Take this thread ... as of this morning it's had over 720 visits and only a handful of people participating. That's about normal. All it takes though is one person to encourage you and get you on the right track so I'd suggest posting your best and seeing what shakes out. Nobody expects a beginner's work to look advanced.
Anyway, welcome to D&S and take advantage of the members here to help you improve. And don't forget the classroom where just about everyone is a beginner which should give you more confidence.