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    Experience with books vs. video courses?

    Hello!

    I was wondering if - in general - you found or find instructional books or video courses more helpful for self-teaching. Has one medium helped you progress better/faster than the other? I realise that a lot depends on the content (especially since there's currently a thread about bad video tutorials), but if both is of good quality? Do you find it easier to work with a book or following videos? Or what's in general your experience with these two options?

    I'm only interested in traditional drawing (and hopefully painting later on) atm, nothing digital so far, so it's not like I need to learn about a specific software or something like that.


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    Video courses are easier to follow for subjects that are new , imo. Books are often just an information dump while with videos you can receive more note from the teacher on what to look for and if there are something important they may often than not repeating it again and again to emphasize the point. Another thing with books is that usually there are not enough illustrations to illustrate the point .

    Book medium often allows the writer to jam in more information than a course though. But courses have demo and ( sometimes ) student feedbacks
    People keep telling me : " Why do you keep suggesting courses and books instead of just giving me the solution directly ? "

    Well if i could condense all the necessary informations that take hours of explanation and demonstration into a single post, i would gladly do it

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    Whatever you choose, don't spend too much time reading and watching.
    Draw and paint, instead: the most important book is your sketchbook.
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    Videos for me since I have ADHD I never finish reading the first couple pages lol. In videos you get to see the entire process (not always the case), but the thing is to find good learning material.

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    I like books. The advantage is you can know things through the words of dead people. In traditional art I'm always looking backward toward past masters. So if they happened to write anything down, it's an amazing resource.

    With videos you are limited to contemporary artists only.

    eezacque is right though. I'm definitely guilty of reading when I really should be drawing. There are worse ways to waste your time, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeCowan View Post
    I like books. The advantage is you can...
    ... rip out all the boring pages!

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    Videos works for me better as you can see processes much better, making your own notes helps you later on as you dont have to watch videos again

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    Thank you all for your input!!

    I initially asked because I was thinking of getting a New Masters Academy subscription now that the yearly package is -30%, but since it's still a good amount of money I was curious about other people's experiences with video courses. After reading your posts I will definitely try NMA out, but I won't go for the whole 1-year-package at this point. Firstly because my damn right wrist started hurting from (what I suspect to be) tendonitis in the past few days and I can't draw rn , but also because if it turns out videos aren't that helpful for me, I can cancel the monthly subscription, but not the yearly one.

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