Hey Anon, thank you! :3
Most of my sketches are done traditionally with a pencil—I just don’t post them online as much. But digitally, I use a 6x4 Bamboo Fun. :P
Hi back, Anon. :D
I recommend that if you’re still starting, traditional would be the way to go. It’s a lot easier to work with the pencil when doing studies (and more comfortable). And it will last you longer too; I find myself quickly getting a sore hand working digitally compared to traditionally. And it’s also a little more convenient when doing what I call ‘stalker studies’, because you can’t carry your computer/laptop and tablet all the time.
But in general, I don’t think learning digital techniques before traditional would create a disadvantage in terms of artistic progress. The elements of art (texture, form, space, shape, color, tone, and line) can be applied and translated to every medium, whether you learn first from one method or another. It’s a matter of effort, because I know that doing certain things in digital can take a lot longer traditionally (and vice versa).
I’ve only started watercolor last week, so I’m no expert, haha. But previous experience does help (like what you said with lighting and shading). So I just apply what I learned throughout the years to a different medium.
As for techniques, I’ve read books borrowed from my art teacher. But here’s some other handy guides to watercolor that I use found online:
This video explains it so much better than I can!
I use my tablet (for SAI and Photoshop), my .7 mechanical pencil, and normal ink pens to draw. But I know from experience that having these tools is not enough to get into art. It’s all about personal drive. Find artists that you admire and draw inspiration from them, rather than discouragement.
What I found was really useful into getting an artwork done is to search up process videos/tutorials that go through the progression and completion of the work. It’ll help you judge when can stop working on a piece (which I admit is completely hypocritical of me, since rarely any of my stuff ever gets done hahaha). But I promise that it helps: you’ll learn new techniques along the way that will nag you until you actually try them out. Progress starts from exploring different methods.
But yeah, those are just my two cents.
Don’t give up. :)
Haha… Sort of using my iPod Touch now but the program I use is TVPaint Animation. It doesn’t necessarily make it flow smoother— the latter depends on the frame rate (frames per second).
My last animation (30 fps) is actually a bit choppy since I’ve held some images for more than 5 frames. OvO’ But generally, the more drawings you have per second—like, if you have 24 drawings on 24fps compared to only 10 drawings on a 24 fps—then the animation looks smoother.
If you ever buy it and want to get started, not-quite-normal has a neat startup guide than I like to go back to from time to time: tvpaintanimation.tumblr.com
Reading animation books;
—Animator’s Survival Kit, Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair, Dreamworlds, and my personal favorite is called Animation but author’s name is at the tip of my tongue—it’s in my school library so I’ll recheck again on Monday—
watching other animated things (like gobelins, pencil tests, shorts) and practising via computer or those 79c mini notebooks. :)
The program I used for my recent stuff is TVPaint; I use Flash only occassionally now, and NQN has a neat little guide on it over here that covers some of the animation basics too: http://tvpaintanimation.tumblr.com/
Yes. YES IT IS. (I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it)
Especially right now. I haven’t checked in a couple of hours till now and I’m reeling in shock. I honestly did not expect it. That is too much guise, really. ;A; This one is a million times better and deserves more.