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    Should I use traditional medium - pencil and paper for practice?

    100% of my drawing has been done by tablet.

    But, I began to find out the limitation of digital media. I can not capture the live images in front of my eyes.

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    Why ask, just do. Find out.

    And please, don't come here to ask us what to eat for breakfast either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Why ask, just do. Find out.

    And please, don't come here to ask us what to eat for breakfast either
    Unneccesarely snappy reply. Especially given how strongly traditional media are advised for learning here often only for the words to fall on deaf ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vapour View Post
    Unneccesarely snappy reply. Especially given how strongly traditional media are advised for learning here often only for the words to fall on deaf ears.
    Of course, don't forget how expensive paper and pencil are

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    Art is an expensive hobby,but its a hobby that is well worth it in the end.

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    Yeah, man, k2, avoid the mistake i've done...spend as much time as possible with traditional media, as soon as possible. It will help you a lot and after a bit it will probably be more fun than tablets!

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    Animation paper actually is pretty expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nezumi Works View Post
    Animation paper actually is pretty expensive.
    Most specialized paper and pencils are.

    However, that's not what the OP needs to practice with.

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    Imo, you should practice what you want to do; i.e., if you want to be a digital painter, don't practice with acrylics.

    Though experimenting with different media is a good idea.

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    In your first post you've not only identified a problem (you can't take your comp and always draw what's in front of you) and you have thought of a solution (use pencil and paper). Why do you need our advice? Get to work. :b

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    For practice, why not use printer paper and 2HB pencil? since 99.9% is probably going to be practice anyway.

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    More seriously, newsprint is cheap, and it's great stuff to practice basic shapes and stuff that you'll probably just toss in the bin after you're done with them. I find it good, since I can be free to draw as much throwaway stuff as I want, and it won't matter. I do my daily warmups that way, since it's just practice, and volume is more important than quality for that stuff (although obviously I don't try to make crap). That and some pencils and you're gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flashback View Post
    For practice, why not use printer paper and 2HB pencil? since 99.9% is probably going to be practice anyway.

    Arshes Nei, should I have cereal or Bacon & eggs?
    Printer paper's OK for line drawing, but it really doesn't have the "tooth" needed for more subtle rendering.

    Plus, there's something about keeping a bound SB that forces you to review all the bad stuff! Look for sales/coupons-- get yourself a good 9X12 Strathmore 400 pad-- shouldn't set you back more than $10.

    Canson newsprint and Generals charcoal pencils are also really good (and traditional) items for studying figure drawing.

    As well, my vote's for Don Miguel Breakfast Burritos-- damn they're good!

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