So drawing is a thing I've wanted to do for a long time, a skill that I've envied in a lot of people for having something that I thought you needed some kind of magical talent for. Like a lot of people, I was discouraged by early attempts and gave it up for something I simply didn't have. However, last year instead of taking Earthworks II, I decided to take Art I to fill up that last Art credit. I found I enjoyed it.
This year, I took Drawing I and II, and Painting I and II. However, I find my self conflicting with my art teachers practices. She teaches very little, instead filling our 90 minutes with, what I consider to be, a waste of time. In fact, I feel the most value I get out of it is the free materials and the quarter in Drawing II in which we did figure drawing. That has largely left me having to teach myself using whatever resources I can (which has led me here). Now its near the end of my Senior year and I have a summer to fill (and I got into my collage of choice ).
I got a Wacom Bamboo Fun a month or so ago, having a sweet job at an inn that gets me plenty of money. I've had a lot of fun with it, and can usually pull off results that satisfy me given enough time (hours and hours and hours...), and kind of wish I got a Intuos. However I read here that a tablet and PS usually get in the way of the process, adding an unnecessary step. Now I plan on attending a local figure drawing session, although I'm a bit intimidated by the thought of it- I don't want to make a fool of myself with my noobishness. Yadda yadda blah blah, question time.
So I've been drawing for more or less then a year, on and off as my interest has been slowly increasing.
What materials should I bring to a figure drawing session? Paper size, meduim (most comfortable with pencil, charcoal, and ink), and attitude (ie, what should I find important to focus on?)?
What can I do to improve the quality of my line work (such as exercises, etc.)?
How many posemaniac sets should I do a day?
As I have said earlier, I saw a topic in which the users discouraged the use of a tablet until you really learn the ropes (here). However I REALLY love my tablet and I admit I'm one of those people who are 'intimidated' of using materials, mostly because the nearest art supply store is 45 minutes away and using PS+tablet gives me an unlimited amount of 'supplies.' How often should/can I use my tablet? Does me using it really effect my advancement that much?
How the hell do you draw people in cafe's when they keep moving around?!?!
Any other advice, books, motivation, whatever you think is useful.
Also, I don't want anyone to get a false impression that I think I can suddenly become an awesome concept artist and that's what I'm going to to school for- I don't and its not. This is a hobby I have a great interest in for the purpose of self improvement.
PS: I don't know if this (Art Discussion) is the right board for this, if its not feel free to move it.
Wow, thats a LOT longer then I thought it would be.