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Sorry if i posted this in the wrong place but anyway. Whats the best way to learn something new? Is it a good idea to trace it a bunch of times then try to draw it by yourself?
You know your going to get some bitchslaps for asking that. But seriously, you learn by doing and practicing, not tracing and copying. Study the fuck out of whatever it is you want to learn, and study it from every angle you can, then try doing it from your head. That way, you will get better in that area, as well as with taking something out of your head and putting it on paper. You will never EVER get better with tracing.
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hehe, well anyways, yea ditto man. however i think tracing paper has it's place in learning. By that I mean you could just draw on it (not trace) to do studies from, say, an anatomy book, then, place your drawing over the diagram or whatever from the book and see if your proportions are off. Write down whatever mistakes you've made, then do this again but correcting the mistakes and get as close to the book's drawings as possible. This is very helpful no matter what book you're following. I do this for studying cartooning stuff from Preston Blair's animation book as it's recommended by John Kricfalusi.
Sooo yea, to reiterate - tracing paper i think can be useful for this learning approach; tracing, however, is as Sonic would say, no good!