I think mostly it important to at least draw. I mean yo should not only draw traditionally, but also get the hang of traditional tools. Mostly you just need to start small, and if you just buy a bamboo tablet and a cheap software, like Paint tool sai, gimp (which is alos free), you can do fine in digital.
But traditional is also without excuse. Feng zhu the concept artist, he has a video about traditional mediums, where he just has a series on practicing his lines a whole page. ITs very important to have a sketch book, because its cheaper and portable to get your ideas out, then for a computer to zap your batteries out. Or take ctrl+paint. There is a section ctrl+paint unplugged, which mean he is showing you need the fundimentals to do stuff.
Pretty much its all about having information in your head, being to see and really observe alot. Observation is not an imediate thing for most people, and for the most people, we just make up for it, by working alot and doing alot of art work. Experimenting like scientist and seeing which results we like along the way.
If you think about though, art in any part, whether its pastel, oils or digital, they all will help out each other, but traditionally can help understand digitall. Like the smudge tool is like using a tortellion, or underapaintings is like every concept artist who does a grey scale or monochromtic color then they glaze using layer filters over the painting. So its good to learn traditional not only because it teaches foundations which It should, but because it helps to learn. Traditional was before digital, and so the rules are about the same result in the end such as: composition, the mood, the colors, the value, the poses, telling a story with a static image, etc.
I think a good place to start is to take a pencil and do a line drawing from observation. Make sure that you measure angles, double check proportions and most of all keep at it. As for suggest reading materials this book is the only one I can recommend for complete beginners, drawing on the right side of the brain.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.
What I would do is start with traditional drawing. That way you can get a hang of your style. Start with pencils (take a look in the arts and crafts section of your local....*URG* Walmart to find sketching pencils.) The pencils have different led weights like HB, 4H and 8B. So you can sketch with a low height pencil like 4H, and then when you want to finalize the lines, you can use heavier pencils to make it easier. Also helps with backgrounds and effects.
Books are also a great way to start. Take it from me. Never took a formal class. Books and deviantart are how I learned. Also obverse art that is similar to your style. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. The great part about art is that there is no real "wrong" or "right" way to draw: To each their own!
Once you are familiar, THEN go snag a tablet. And name your tablet. I named mine Sketchy. If you love it, it will love you. Getting back on track, tablets to me feel like natural extensions of your hand and pencil. Only the pencil is like a hundred digital art tools in one. My Wacom Bamboo cost about 80 dollars from Fry's Electronics, so it not exactly cheap but worth every penny.
However, I am me and you are you, and since I am not you and you are not me...*grabs Olmec mask* The choices are yours and yours alone!</b>
Mercury-CroweFeatured By OwnerJan 11, 2013Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it's better to have a foundation in traditional then move on to digital after that. I believe you SHOULD know how to do it traditionally, even if you choose not to. It seems that those that do have better digital art. It translates from one to the other.
What exactly are your goals? What do you want to be drawing?
Everybody starts out the same, with basic shapes, life drawing, etc. So start out with that. I personally like 'drawing on the right side of the brain'.
You should practice color with colored pencils or oil pastels.
After you get comfortable with drawing, you can move on to painting. Watercolor is a good place to start. You should do at least a few acrylic pieces.
After you are comfortable with that you can move on to digital art.
Haha thank you. and my goal is to be able to create characters. Something like how Pixar and Disney make their character. Not saying I have to be like them or good as them or anything but I would like to make/draw cool fictional characters and stuff. I tried doing a few times and it's really fun and exciting lol
xxEvilBlondiexxFeatured By OwnerJan 11, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if you're just starting out, I wouldn't recommend going straight to digital as it's kind of a big investment. For a complete beginner, I would say just stick with pencil and paper until you get comfortable enough to start branching out and are really sure that it's what you want to do.
As for good books, someone recommended Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis to me and I found it very helpful. It goes over a lot of good basics, and isn't intimidating for beginners.