I found about 6 weeks ago out that due to finanical difficulties in the company where i work, i will be out of a job as the company closes down in 2 weeks. So i figured i'd use the normally stagnant time in unemployment to do two things i've always wanted to do and learn - draw/paint and play piano (With the art part obviously being the reason for my presence *here*).
I'm 28, have zero formal formal art education or training (unless you count making a horrid ashtray in high school) and i've been scribbling and sketching on paper with Faber Castell pens for about 2 months now, during my off-hours. Then i found out about this digital painting and how it works - so i've done some research about things and gone ahead and:
* Found one of those Wacom tablets - used - an Intuos 4 Large that arrived yesterday.
* 2 months ago, i ordered myself the Vilppu Drawing Manual and DVD's from the Vilppu academy store. A friend who knows a bit more recommended these to me and i've been through the basic "course" twice now.
* 3 books - also after recommendations.
"Bridgeman's Complete Guide to drawing from Life"
"Alla Prima - Everything i know about Painting" (Richard Schmid) A gift from a friend, not my own purchase - i've never seen it here.
"Color and Light" By James Gurney
So far i have to be honest - only the Vilppu lessons have been of any real success to me. The other books are too advanced or deal with things i have a hard time grasping (at least as of yet).I was also lucky enough to score an...anatomy doll. (i think they're made in the USA) that are half-muscle/halfskin. The female version. It creeps my friends out to no end, but i like it .
I obviously am quite familiar with photoshop, using it professionally, though i'll have to re-learn it for painting and drawing.
I wanted to know if you, any of you, have other book recommendations for me - or perhaps products that i should by. I obviously also intend to start a sketchbook a.s.a.p and see what you guys think of my little progress so far.
Enough babbling from my end - back to drawing for me!
Hope you all have a lovely day, and wet (it's raining...) wishes from Germany.
(Oh, i'm sorry - i hope this is the right section? Maybe Art discussion would be a better choice?)