Originally posted by DNA
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Most important is your 'drawing alot': practice wherever, whenever, whatever you can. There is not much to say about materials and techniques when it comes to drawing, and although there is much more to say about painting, what can be said and what can be written is nothing when compared to what can be done, so far beyond 'drawing alot' comes a good teacher, and even further beyond comes reading books.
A general observation, not restricted to art stuff, on teachers and books: the average quality is somewhat disappointing. Most teachers ask you to do their thing and tell you whether you are doing your thing right or wrong, or let you observe them doing their thing without a single clue about how their ability can be transferred to you. Most books will show you people doing their thing, without telling you how to do your thing.
When it comes to drawing, it is hard to tell the difference between good and bad teachers/books, but try to find those that teach principles as opposed to those that teach you how to do a still with three onions, a glass of wine and some garlic on a red table cloth. It is impossible to recommend a teacher from here, but a fine book I can recommend is Betty Edwards' 'Drawing from the right side of the brain'.
Essential to trying to learn whatever is to have fun. It is great to be able to show your piece and get enthusiastic comments and/or constructive critiques, and to discuss your and other's work. Interacting with others can be great, which is where takin lessons, once more, kicks in, and joining art communities like, of cource Wet Canvas!