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I want to start digital arts, i've always wanted but never got money to buy a tablet or time to train myself and i kinda suck at drawing on paper.

In old times (2006) i tried drawing (no tablets, just regular drawing). Roman helmets, ancient armors, weapons of ancient war and greek gods' portraits.I was kinda getting better but was still failing at proportions. In my drawings there were large heads, small&different sized boobs, awkwardly shaped hands... you get the point. But i still want to try it and improve myself .

So if i go ahead and buy an A5 size tablet a ZBRUSH 4.0 now would i have buyers remorse later because of not being able to use them at all? or another to ask this is whether it would be a waste to to buy tablet when i can't even draw properly on paper yet. Can i learn the basics with tablet?
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You can learn to draw using this book:


It's quite helpful in getting the basics down even though the book was written/published in 2003. Books don't advanced like technology does.

I would get one of these if you're on a budget:
http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=wac....c0.m270.l1313

My sister owns the newer Bamboo Touch and she doesn't like it. A lot of people don't like the newer Bamboo models. I have both the MTE-450 and a Tablet PC with an active digitizer. I like the Tablet PC better overall but it takes some getting experience to get good with the Bamboo. It's a cheap investment and works well enough if you can't get a better tablet.

The Wacom Cintiq's are nice but they're just way too expensive. One of my younger sister owns a Gateway tablet, she draws well on it.

Here's a sample I did from the book and I used the Bamboo:



But it's easy to learn the basics with a tablet. I'm not an expert artist but I drew quite a bit when I was a kid.
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Drawing with a tablet and drawing by hand are very different in my opinion. You still need the basics (ie training yourself/your hand to produce the lines and forms you want). But I basically had to change everything about my drawing style when I started on a tablet. Different hand position, different grip on the stylus, everything.

If your serious about learning on a tablet, I say go for it as pencil/paper skill don't necessarily translate to good skill on a tablet - you'll have a lot to learn either way. I'd advise against the bamboo unless your on a strict budget. I'd go with a wacom intuos 3. It's not as nice as the intuos 4, but its a big step up from the bamboo and you can usually get them at a decent price since they've been replaced by the 4.

Good luck and remember, practice, practice, practice - the ability to draw takes time
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They are very different.

There are a lot of people who can make great digital art on tablets who dont have the slightest clue how to draw with real media, and there are people who cant draw very well with a tablet but are skilled with real media (thats the category I am in).

As someone who has been part of the art world for most of my life, I can tell you that working with traditional media demands a great deal more respect than digital media.
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