I’m currently focusing on gesture drawing (in that magic few hours between the time the kids go to bed and I finally crash…) Here’s an example of my starting point:
Gesture drawing is challenging in that it focuses on movement rather than contour, and if you have many years of bad art technique behind you, it is not easy to make the mental adjustments. I’m following Stan Prokopenko’s Figure Drawing Fundamentals. I haven’t upgraded to the premium content yet, but he’s releasing short excerpts for free that give you something to practice. I spent a couple of hours last night drawing the bean. I did purchase both his model packages, at $10 each, they are well worth the cost.
Another helpful resource that is free and gives plenty of gesture insight is this lecture by Glen Vilppu.