It's not about the material, it's about getting started again. I stopped doing art year ago, and picked it up again 3 years ago. I've been out of it for many years, and started sketching again with copy paper and some cheap ass pencils. Admitted... it wasn't the best equipment. But it definitely helped me getting back to sketching. Using cheap materials to start out with, really helped me, because it didn't make me feel bad like 'I wasted expensive materials' when a drawing failed.
After that, I've gradually expanded the materials. I use paper that is a bit more textured now, and use more expensive pencils (that don't break so easy). As for painting... I decided to get into digital art. It's a matter of preference, but it worked for me, since I'm limited in space and money (and buying a tablet is just a one time investment).
LudwigvanKickass2Featured By OwnerFeb 10, 2013Professional Traditional Artist
A final few notes: Sketching paper is for sketching. Drawing paper is for finished works. Don't use makers on Watercolor paper. The more tooth a paper has the better it will be for holding dry material.
Youtube is an absolutely amazing place when you want to learn how to do something. Check that out. I'm pretty sure you could find a tutorial or two that meets your needs
If you are really interested in getting started in digital art, i suggest finding the cheapest pen tablet you can find off amazon. I got my first tablet for a little under 80 dollars. Gimp is free to download, and it's a fairly good program for beginners. Then, if you like digital, and you decide you want to go further, start saving up money for a nicer tablet and/or nicer programs like photoshop.
Again, like what PixlPhantasy said: experiment. Really nobody can dictate what materials to use or how to use them. The absolute best way to find the best way is by yourself. Personally, I think drawing is a very solitary thing, and works best when you just give yourself hours at a time to just play around with ideas.
Finally, drawing should come fairly naturally. Inspiration can be hard to find, however, have you ever tried listening to music? For me, that's the ultimate inspiration bringer.
I've looked at YouTube a few times and it is a great to start. Of course, looking at some of the artist's worked compared to what I've done makes my jaw drop a bit in the difference but is a great motivator to do art better.
I've looked at GIMP as well but never was interested at first. Focused on drawing but now I've seen the value in digital art especially.
And I agree, it's up to you. Getting ideas from others is also helpful and I wanted to get a variety of views on how people draw to get ideas on what to draw with and learn of new drawing materials and ways of drawing. I'll try new ideas an see what fits me.
And I listen to music but havent drawij in awhile so using music as inspiration I didn't think of.
And I've been good. Even after all these months, RL is still busy and finding time to use a computer for DA isn't as easy until I all but left the site completely. How've you been?