Whenever you ask an artist how to git gud at art their response always seems to be something along the lines of "practice a lot". What do you practice on, though? I feel like just doodling aimlessly is not wery rewarding, at least for me.
Well of course. You’re not supposed to doodle aimlessly, you’re supposed to doodle with the intent of getting better. Draw the things you don’t know how to draw, draw them again, and draw them a million more times after that. The things I practice on are gonna be different from the things you practice on.
You don’t “git gud” at soccer by learning a few tips and tricks, you “git gud” at soccer by kicking the ball over and over, running around, kicking it more, and discovering in the process of doing so what techniques you need to work on to make yourself better. A coach helps, but a coach isn’t gonna be able to tell you “the secret plan” to make you good at soccer.”
Not to mention, the “doodling aimlessly” thing… I get the feeling you’re categorizing notebook drawings and sketches that don’t get finished as “aimless.” Dude… what do you think I was doing my entire career in school? What do you think I still do these days? What do you think ANY artist ever did? Those “aimless” doodles ARE practice. It’s a matter of mindset. If you think they’re pointless, then yeah, they’re gonna be pointless, because you’re going at it with a defeatist attitude. That’s gonna get you nowhere.