Drawing Tip 4:
Don’t do it cheap - but experiment:
If you are a digital illustrator, then you would spend the most amount of money you had on a super fast mac or pc. This is the same for traditional illustration or drawing. Spend as much as you can afford on good quality art tools and paper. A few years back I went to a chain supermarket and bought a set of drawing pencils because money was tight and I felt they were a ‘good deal’. Worst decision ever! Because the pencils were poor quality and my drawings were hard to produce with poor materials. I was starting out as an illustrator and I learned my lesson - now I go to quality art shops and buy the best pencils or pens I can get.
Also buy a good quality notebook, don’t scribble stuff on a cheap notebook with the pages lined, get a nice moleskin. However don’t treat your notebook like a finished piece…this is your jotter so it’s good to even stick photos in. Don’t be too fussy in having perfectly finished pieces in a notebook. Also try to experiment when drawing. Don’t stick to pencils, drawing is essentially about image making and no matter what you use, it’s the outcome that is important. You might get beautiful results by drawing with a larger brush or pen you’ve made yourself…whatever works feel free to take yourself out of the familiar. I recently illustrated a piece called “My Garden Is Ripe” I hadn’t worked with colored charcoals for a few years so I decided to use in this piece. It took me a while to draw things out because charcoal is much more delicate than pencil but I really enjoyed doing something different!