Perfect practice makes perfect:
Musicians have a saying, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” I don’t agree with that. I believe that perfect practice makes better. But no amount of practice will make you perfect. But the meaning behind the saying is if you just practice with no goal, then you are just wandering around in circles and probably retracing your steps.
Pick a concentration:
This might be harder than it sounds. It could take a long time to pick a concentration. Sometimes the concentration picks you. But, the sooner you can pick a concentration the faster you can get to the other steps.
Browse various methods of drawing On YouTube.
Once you have chosen a concentration, then you can browse YouTube for “How to draw in _____________ style”. You will find many videos. Then you will probably find many different artists that draw in that style. Subscribe to those artists. Don’t subscribe or follow an artist unless they are better than you are. Its not likely that you will be able to learn from an artist that isn’t better than you. Learn the methods that they use.
Combine the methods that work for you
After you have learned the methods that they use, then you can borrow from each of those methods. Not all of the masters will draw the same way. I have personally found a video series with 20 ways to draw the figure. And I am sure there are more ways than that.
Create a completely new method based on that information.
Once you have filled up your tool box with all of that useful knowledge, then you can decide which method or methods work for you. Throw what doesn’t work out the window.
For example: I wanted to draw in the comic style. Comic style is my concentration. I found a bunch of new artists, methods, combined the things I liked. I combined the Reilly head abstraction along with the simplified shapes method of figure drawing. I also needed to learn some drapery studies in order to know how fabric works. When I look at my drawings from last year they are not as good as my drawings from this year.
Find a like-minded Facebook group:
Finding a friend group to encourage and also be encouraged by is invaluable. They can tell you what is working for you and what is not working for you. Critiques don’t need to be harsh. Find a group who will be honest without being harsh.
I am predicting that if you are like most artists, you will not want to remain at the same level for long. Artists are all constantly evolving, learning, improving, innovating... So you will need to do more research and learn new artists and new methods and choose whether or not to use THOSE methods in your work. Art is a journey, not a destination.
Hope that helps.