When it comes to my drawing skills I'm entirely self-taught. When I was a kid, a well-meaning uncle unwittingly gifted me with a rather generic "Learning To Draw In X Easy Lessons" book, and it somehow got me hooked, especially the section about cartoons, which was sadly the shortest one. But: There were ALWAYS MORE books to learn from.
Like many teens with a bit of a creative streak I learned by reading up about the basics, and by copying from comics I enjoyed, and trying out stuff too. I also took a few courses, but I never really studied art or had a proper education. Fortunately, art's a very personal thing and while it does help to know how to contruct and render a photorealistic body, I get more of a kick out of that fact that you can just draw the most reality-defying shapes and still have people recognizing it as a comboy who happens to ride a robot Hot Dog.
Knowing the rules- perspective and shading and foreshadowing and what not- is important and you can NOT just hold your pe