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First off, This question has several parts, and requires a little backstory, so please bear with me.
Im not entirely sure this is the best forum to place the topic in, but its the section where im going to need the most help, so im going to put it here.
If an Admin has a better place for this, please move it.

Im planning on starting up a little webcomic eventually, and Ive got a lot I need to learn before ill be comfortable doing so.
Its not going to be anything special or elaborate seeing as I just want to make it for myself, But it is still a pretty big undertaking.
I am not looking to make money from this. Its for recreation and self education.

Aside from my lack of skill with visual arts, I also need advice on software and some hardware choices.

Question 1) What are good ways I can improve my ability to draw?
I dont even have a defined style as of now and I want to get my skill to the point that I can actually draw things that are recognizable and fairly unique before I get started. Even if its goofy stick figures.

Question 2) Should I invest in a tablet for this? If so, What are some decent, easy to use, and inexpensive choices for someone with no experience like myself?
Its my understanding that tablets are standard for this, but I dont have a lot of liquid currency as of now and I have prickly 0 experience using a tablet and even less skill with drawing, so I dont want to end up wasting money.

Question 3) What software should I use with said tablet?
I dont have photoshop, and I really dont want to drop $400 or whatever it costs now just to support something im doing recreationally.
Does Gimp support tablet interface? Paint.NET? What software is good for adding color to Black and White drawings? Etc.

Im basically a Babe in the Woods about this.

For reference, Ive been reading Questionable Content quite a bit recently and I love the art style that the strip uses.
I know its much more advanced than anything ill be doing for a long time, but its still the kind of look I want to get eventually.

Any advice is appreciated.
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1: Practice
2: Color scanner
3: Not Sure

I am sure there are pletny of free-ware and open source programs to help you with your intended activities.
A simple google search will go along way, just a matter of weeding the chaff from the results... and finding something you like.

edit:
As for hardware, you will need to come to that conclusion when you get to the point where you are selecting software. CPU cores vs. clock speed may play a big part, Don't worry too much about gpu, unless you are planning on 3d rendering. Again, cpu is the most important, second to the amount of ram you have.
You would not nessasarily need to OC, but the faster the processing and amount of ram you have, the better.
Edited by HardheadedMurphy - 11/16/11 at 8:19am
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Sorry, I should have made it a little more clear.
When I say "Hardware" im referring to a pen tablet or something of that nature.
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Well you could use a kind of a graphics digitizer with pen input for drawing.
The Wacom Bamboo tablet is, according to what I have heard, pretty good for such work.

Here's the link:
Wacom

And here's a link to a review on notebook check:

NotebookCheck

It's under $200 on Newegg if you'd like to spend that kind of money.

Now that's for the drawing part.

For actually graphics editing, you'd need some kind of software like photoshop on your computer on which you can import your drawings and style them accordingly.

If I have said anything wrong, I am sorry but I actually don't have any experience with graphics designing.
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I was thinking of getting a Bamboo.
My Ex had one that she really liked, and it was a really low end model.
Ill look into one.

Still, I hope Gimp has Pen Input. X(
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