Just recently I really wanted to start to get better/practice more 2D drawing, I'm planning to become a 3D artist and I'm familiar with 3D modeling. But I think 2D can always be a fantastic addition and I really enjoy creating weird abstract drawings and I can only improve my work.
However Ive noticed many people/artists now just use photo-shop/painter/sketchbook pro, and a wacom tablet. I have a small Graphire 4 Wacom tablet, the trashiest thing ever. Id go out right now and buy a full sized Intuos but were given one of those when I start my 3D school (in 3 months).
I also want the portability of the good old pen/pencil and paper. Right now I have a temporary full time job and its commute is 2 hours each way. So I have truckloads of time on the bus, 4 hours a day right there wasted. So why not bring my sketchbook.
The thing that has been frustrating me is those small subtle hints that make up details. For example, this drawing from Idrawgirls
(Not my drawing)
You can see her lips, nose, eye sockets and eyebrows aren't super detailed but they really give a good sense of character and realism. My problem is no matter how hard I try i cant seem to draw lips, nose, eyes like that. If it was a big detailed picture yea I could shade it out slowly, but when its that small I have immense trouble. Perhaps I'm using the wrong # pencils?. Or maybe I'm trying to draw it too small?
And does anyone still draw traditional art, so many people now days seem to be going digital only for all their good works.
Any suggestions, tips?