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    Trying to take a more serious path with my art

    Hey all,

    I'm going to become a lot more serious with my art since I'm moving back home for a traditional university for art. (Computer Animation, but I've been told it's mainly focused on Art) Full Sail has taught me just a small portion of the basics, but I know it's up to me to take that and flourish it myself. Now with this in mind I've been reading a lot of comic books, Manga, Art, etc. Just to get everyone's take on how they go about art in their life. What I've mainly been reading is all the materials seem to be the same. So what would you guys say are your must needed weapons at home? Like if you were to have your own Art Studio; which is what I plan to do.

    Also, what do you guys recommend for a Drafting Table? I currently have this,
    http://www.amazon.com/Alvin-Co-Craft...5821619&sr=1-6

    without all the extra add on stuff, wheels, etc. I received it for Christmas last year.

    Now this is what I currently want;
    http://www.draftingtables.com/drafti...ueglasstop.cfm

    Any recommendations, reviews, advice, or just talking is wanted.

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    I would work more on getting the fundamentals down. Rather then buying new equipment.

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    The drafting table you have looks perfectly adequate. I used to use the kitchen table till the wife kicked me off.

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    lol Why did your wife kick you off the kitchen table?

    Of course working on the fundamentals is the most important, but since I have the money to due so am I not allowed to get something that I'll enjoy while I work on my fundamentals?

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    I think more paper and pencils are a better investment.

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    Pencils, pens, brushes, paper (110lb Card stock), erasers, clipboard. Newspaper/table cheap set of student paints. That is all you need to learn.

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    If you have money to spend, I'd build a good collection of photo reference books, hmm and I'd get a couple of mannequins/sculptures!

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    I think you have your priorities mixed up. Reading more comics and buying a fancy new see-through table isn't taking art more seriously, it's usually, in my experience, a sign of the opposite.

    It's like losing weight, you have to sweat before anything remotely substantial starts to happen. Your work has to be the main engine, the rest are just nice extra's at best.

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    ... I guess I should have said all of this already. I have enough paper, pencils, I don't paint or like doing it, I have pens, reference books, etc. I have a shelf full of the stuff. That's not what I'm asking about. You guys are misunderstanding.

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    Why do you feel that reading manga and dropping cash
    on a fancy table is the next step on the path to becoming
    a better artist?

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    Reading Manga has nothing to do with what I said. I said that's what I was doing and all of the books spoke of the materials they used. Me becoming a better artist has nothing to do with the table. It's just something to enjoy for myself. I have the mindset of becoming better on my own, with or without the table. It's just a plus since I can get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iso View Post
    Hey all,

    I'm going to become a lot more serious with my art since I'm moving back home for a traditional university for art. (Computer Animation, but I've been told it's mainly focused on Art) Full Sail has taught me just a small portion of the basics, but I know it's up to me to take that and flourish it myself. Now with this in mind I've been reading a lot of comic books, Manga, Art, etc. Just to get everyone's take on how they go about art in their life. What I've mainly been reading is all the materials seem to be the same. So what would you guys say are your must needed weapons at home? Like if you were to have your own Art Studio; which is what I plan to do.

    ...

    Any recommendations, reviews, advice, or just talking is wanted.
    I am referring to your initial post. You don't need another table. Rather
    save the cash or keep it handy for future art supplies.

    As mentioned already, all you need to become a serious artist are
    those papers and pencils and life studies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iso View Post
    since I have the money to due so am I not allowed to get something that I'll enjoy while I work on my fundamentals?
    Of course you're allowed to get it.
    It is your money after all.

    I'm confused though, as to why you want a new drafting table. As AvP said, the one you have looks fine.

    But you're right, the table is irrelevant to you becoming a good artist. Knowing that, do you still want it? (or why would you still want it?)

    You say you have enough pencils, paper etc. What if that runs out? If you really do plan on being serious about your art that will happen sooner rather than later.

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