Hey guys. Been a while. I'm sorry for not being on here as much. Lately, my motivation to draw and such have been rather lacking, especially since I'm in Community College. I kind of need to try my best to get my mood going again, so...well, even though this isn't the main reason for making this topic, I would like to know how you guys get your motivation going, if that's okay...
Anyway, the main reason I'm making this topic is because I'm thinking about buying some art supplies to use sometime this week, maybe. I have some money to spend for now (getting more in the future), so I'm not getting too much this time around. I would like some help on though, what could I possibly get to help me out? This is what I already plan on getting (btw, these are all on DickBlick).Artograph Lightracer Light Box 12"x18"
I've seen how light boxes can be useful, especially this one tutorial I found online. I kind of put it into consideration, then talked to one of my friends who said it's pretty excellent to use, especially in his university class. He called it the "Physical Equivalent to Photoshop Layers," which is kind of something I need. Personally, I don't like sketching all the stuff like the stick pose, rough, and so-on on one sheet of paper, and tracing it alone can be tough, but I'm thinking with a Light Box, it'll help me quite a lot. My dad though, not an artist, convinced me to get the 12"x18" one for some reason. Seems fair...Blick Hardwood Manikin 12" Male
I've been meaning to get one of these for a couple of years, but never got around too it. I cannot draw poses worth a dang. I have a book that has some poses, but I just...not what I'm looking for. I know these can really help out, big time, especially with coming up with ideas for poses. One thing though, well...two things: One, why is the 20" price so high when the one that's 16" inches is such a reasonable price? And two, I haven't tried drawing females, yet, but do you think if I want to get started, maybe I should buy the female manikin as well? Or the Male one is just as good?
I already heard about NeonDragon releasing a 3rd book on Dragons, and I do believe it'll be an excellent buy, so that's on my list for the future. I'm thinking about buying other art books to help me out, since I'm still an ametuar, but I'm still also looking for any useful supplies like pencils, pens, and so on to help. Here's some stuff about my artwork and preferences to help.
- I'm an Anthro Artist, but I'm thinking of going back to drawing humans (though it may be in an anime/manga like fashion, but whatever works). I do have a bit of a problem with the anatomy sometimes.
- Dragons are the only species I can currently draw, but I'm thinking about someday trying other species like canines and felines someday in the future. Don't know when though. I may start slow and sticked with scaled species like crocodiles and what-not.
- More into Fantasy, RPG-like stuff.
- I already own two of NeonDragon's books, along with Dynamic Anatomy (which I need to try and study sometimes, but don't know how to approach it) and a Comic Book Pose Book. Though, any other books that'll help in like backgrounds or whatever will be nice.
- I don't plan on coloring anytime soon, so I'm basically a sketching person (preferably with a mechanical pencil) and then use the Pen Tool on Photoshop.
So, could anyone help please? Thanks!