if you absolutely think you have to get a tablet... get a wacom.
if you cant afford one right now... fine keep drawing in pencil and watercolor, markers whatnot. the switch to digital wont do anything to you thats beneficial. or do you have a clear idea what exactly you want to do with a tablet you cant do now? other than fooling around with it? in the believe a history to redo, adjustments, layers and fancy brushes, are going to have you explore more? tryout, test and evaluate concepts easier than on paper? have more happy accidents? ... its simply not going to happen, because you dont know what youre after. its merely a tool... not a solution.
without a doubt the digital route comes with less hassle if it comes to organizing your workspace... the need to set stuff up etc. less risk to ruin your best clothes, whatever. but theres a tradeoff most beginners dont know/see or just ignore if they are told... the ability to undo everything, alter everything in fantastic ways, etc. completely fucks up your learning process and what you get out of it.
traditional mediums force you to deal with decissions that turned out to be wrong... you learn from that. it makes you more cautious of what you do and why you do it.
having nothing to risk in digital, quite often causes some numbness in peoples minds, instead of speeding up the rate at which they explore and learn. youre actually way less likely to ask the questions you need to find an answer for, if youre in clown-mode.
dont get me wrong ... it can be a great tool to use having to meet deadlines and exploration driven by concepts (the opposite of stabbing in the dark), and there certainly is a point when its usefull to commit some time learning its ways. but you dont do yourself a favor starting out with it.
what good is it to think about what a certain layer mode does, if your drawing doesnt work?
Last edited by sone_one; February 26th, 2013 at 08:33 PM.
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