Hey all, you know me from maps and other things maybe.
I've been readmitted to my local university for Studio Art, which is what I have always wanted to do as a degree, but my enrollment status pretty much precludes ever actually getting into the courses. So I'm left with a couple of options:
Pray and hope each semester that I'll get into 1 or 2 of the intro courses, which right now has about a 10% or less shot of happening (but I wouldn't have to pay tuition if I did successfully get in).
Go to my local art atelier and take community classes for about $300 a course, with 5 blocks a year.
Enroll in self-directed Udemy courses.
Other options for instruction?
My real goal is to get structured guidance from beginning drawing through advanced digital painting and illustration over time. I'm making some money now with my various D&D related products and map commissions, but what is preventing me from really diving into that market is having a solid foundation to also do digital painting and character art. I need to not skip steps here and work my way toward it, and my hodge-podge finding freemium guides and books over the years has helped but not really gotten me the momentum I need to really improve (much less feedback).
My day job pays fairly well, and I can absorb some costs, but I'm wanting to make sure what I invest in is actually going to help my ability. What would you suggest?