This post came out very fluffy and circular. A simple summary would be that when it comes to learning how to draw - there's no one way to do it and that if you are going down this path - why rush to the end, when you're "good enough". (Besides: This video sums up my thoughts quite well, anyway).
I was watching a video by Love Life Drawing, and they briefly mentioned their hypothesis of the 80-20 rule (or the 5-95 rule) - that for each piece of instructions you consume - say a 20 minute video on how to draw the head - you should spend 80 minutes practicing what you learned. Then the speaker ammended their statement to say - more like for each 5 minutes ... 95 minutes. Etc. That struck me, and I instantly felt a little guilty - I've been rushing the process of learning to draw / paint in many ways. As soon as I finish one instructional book - I start another one. Sometimes I'll have more than one learning resource going at a time. I'm not reaching the 80-20 rule. Now, the 80-20 rule isn't manditory - but it has given me something to think about.
I'm a notorious rusher. If I have questions I want answers - and pretty soon. If I want to be able to do something, I want to be able to do it now. This is a quality of myself I would like to change and so I have been slowly working away at appreciating where I am, in the moment.
Speaking of rules - before encountering the above, I was probably loosely still following Drawabox's 50% rule - don't spend more than 50% of the time you draw on Drawabox - make sure you always spend at least 50% of your drawing time drawing what you want to!
When it comes to "getting the fundamentals" there really is so many ways to go about it. Sometimes, though, I get carried away and before I know it I am spending 100% of the time just practicing the fundamentals. This doesn't feel great, but I also often will justify it by saying that it is productive.
There really is no one-size-fits all. I personally like to follow rules/and courses (I'll write more about that later) - they give me a framework for learning and help me feel like I'm creating milestones to measure progress. Does that mean you have to do that? No. Does the fact that I want to learn fundamentals mean you should learn fundamentals - no.
Man, this post is going in circles - quite a textual process if anything. I better put a summary at the top! Regardless, I hope I come back to this someday, when I'm probably feeling burnt out on drawing, just as a reminder that you were really pumped at even the thought of finding a new way to be creative - there's a part of you deep inside that just wants to create - so... go do that. Don't show anyone. Don't tell anyone. Just draw.