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?
Yeah, it can be hard to do a lot you want when you are busy but it pays off pretty well later on to be busy instead of always having time you don't use.
Anf I'll find time to draw or do other stuff when I can and I'll use the advice you and everyone else gave. Might seem like I asked for a lot but what I was given already is more than what I expected to get.
I understand. I was about to comment on your last journal, you know. I actually had provided with a heck of a lot of information. But then before I could press 'enter', I accidentally pressed the 'back' button. I got really frustrated ;_; so then I just sorta shortened it a bit x) sorry
I hate when that happens. I write a dictionary's worth of info and then it gets all deleted. I've sometimes just rewrote it all or just thought "Forget it..."
And it's fine. At least you tried haha. Tip though is to copy a long message to your clipboard in. Case it gets deleted and work from where you left off in case it gets deleted and occasionally copy it again if you make a lot of progress just in case it gets deleted.
I like to detailed in what I do sometimes and that's what I wrote. Will everyone list it or include half of what I asked? Absolutely not. However, if people included half of what I asked, that's better than what I hoped to get.
And google wasn't the first to come to mind at all. Sometimes people are the best resource for knowledge and this seemed to be a great way to get people's knowledge.
Thank you for the tips on where to go as well. I'll look into them when I can
I stopped drawing for 10 years. How did I get back into it? I just picked up a few supplies and did it. Reading and and doing all that research is fine and dandy but you are better of just going to the local art store, picking a few things and just playing with it. Experiment. There is no real right or wrong way to use most of the materials out there. You don't have to buy the expensive stuff to make great art.
Check in your community for art classes. Go to the park and draw the people. Go to a zoo and draw the animals. Pick up some starter sets of paints and paint the flower in your garden.