My name is Riley, I'm 23 and live in Canada. Where I live, there are not any good schools that offer courses on digital art. I'm an indie game developer, and I've been working on creating several of my own games. The trouble is, my budget for concept art is just not there, and I need to visualize some of my ideas without paying $200-$400 for a finished concept art.
So here is my main question. Can I teach myself to be good at creating concept art? I've collected a lot of online resources and tutorials, and signed up on psd tuts+. I've started to learn about drawing perspective in photoshop as well as lighting and shadows. My entire family is full of great artists, but I've never really been good at drawing. I figure creating digital art in photoshop is quite different from drawing on paper, and I might be able to get skilled at it. But I don't know for sure. One thing I do know, is that it seems quite difficult to draw accurately with a mouse. Which is why I'm considering getting a Wacom Bamboo Create tablet. That is however a $200 investment and I am not sure if I'll be able to teach myself to create professional concept art. Do you think that buying the tablet would help me learn and improve my digital art?
Or, do I need to take some type of online courses, or go back to college?
I realize you can't give me a definitive answer, but I'd like to get some feedback and opinions. Also, if anyone has any suggestions on what tutorials, courses I should be looking at, or what tablet I should consider, please let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated.