Hi all, I'm looking for a bit of direction/advice.

I've only recently started web dev. and I'm a little lost on the design aspect, in a way. I would love to use cool illustrated backgrounds, but right now I just don't have the skill to create them.

I have NO drawing ability whatsoever, on paper or in the digital realm.

Where should I start if I want to develop that skill/ability?

Should I just doodle in Gimp until I stop sucking? Are there lessons online that will help? Should I draw on paper first? Should I give up the idea entirely and pay someone to do the art?

I like to think that with hard work and focus one can learn anything, so giving up now is definitely the least appealing option to me.