I started drawing artistically in elementary school like children do. I got a basic course about cartoons in the mail when I was a child, and practiced standard techniques of commercial artists at the time. I loved to learn from professionals and use techniques for special effects. However, I was frustrated by two-dimensionality. I learned to draw from instructions, artists, books, maturity, and experience.
I had difficulty taking imagery out of my mind, and rendering it on paper. I started to analyze expressions of what I meant instead of compositions of real objects. I studied drawing and painting fundamentals from college books when I got discouraged by limitations of representations of real objects. I studied elements of drama from college books, too.
I recognized that lines, colors, and perspectives were ultimately foundational to all of the illustrations that I wanted to create. I realized that imagery from my mind was reproduceable strictly with lines, colors, and perspectives. I concluded that time was the best tool to discern and develop my unique views about three-dimensional representations, and held onto drawing and painting until I could try again.
I learned to paint with acrylics when I was an adolescent. I had been disappointed by oils, and learned to use acrylics similarly. Oils were sloppy, and antiquated. I painted real objects with distortions of lines, colors, and perspectives. Flowers were especially my favorite real objects to paint, and I used their irregular shapes to create three-dimensionality. Acrylics taught me to see subjects of paintings as likenesses of my intentions. I learned to create additional illustrations for a single instance of imagery in my mind.
Painting with acrylics matured my sense of representation, and I finished my education in drawing. I learned to see real objects as possibilities of imagery in my mind and paint subjects that reflected imagery in representations of real objects. I learned to draw line art that expressed abstract ideas and resembled real objects.