Lesson 1: Lines, Ellipses and Boxes
So assuming you've been reading diligently (starting from lesson 0) and have followed the instructions of completing only the recommended number of pages, then you're probably wondering, "what do I do now?"
Well, the smart thing would be to get your homework reviewed. Let's say you've done that already, and want to know what your next step is going to be.
Your next step is to tackle the 250 box challenge. This exercise will take what you were introduced to in the rotated boxes and organic perspective boxes exercises and work on developing your overall grasp of, and comfort with, freely rotating forms in 3D space. The notes and video there cover techniques that will help you do this as efficiently and effectively as possible as well.
It's a tall order, but most who've gone through it have shown considerable improvement - especially those who've read through the notes and applied the error-checking approaches consistently.
And before you go, I hope you've been able to get your work reviewed by other members of the community to make sure you're still on track. You can watch me get my work reviewed by Uncomfortable, live!
He points out some mistakes I've made, and also talks about common issues he sees when critiquing others' work.
The Art of Blizzard Entertainment
While I have a massive library of non-instructional art books I've collected over the years, there's only a handful that are actually important to me. This is one of them - so much so that I jammed my copy into my overstuffed backpack when flying back from my parents' house just so I could have it at my apartment. My back's been sore for a week.
The reason I hold this book in such high esteem is because of how it puts the relatively new field of game art into perspective, showing how concept art really just started off as crude sketches intended to communicate ideas to storytellers, designers and 3D modelers. How all of this focus on beautiful illustrations is really secondary to the core of a concept artist's job. A real eye-opener.