Chapter 04: The Tools of Mass Creation

    Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. 

    George Herbert
    British poet

    I've seen time and again many artists who use fairly primitive or cheap tools and make exceptional art. I've also seen a lot of wannabe artists on Twitter say "I need a drawing tablet so I can start drawing". Just start with whatever you have. Expertise lies in experience.

    I personally have picked up charcoal next to my graphic tablet. Because I love graphite and I know I can buy or make charcoal wherever I go.

    Software

    software

    There is a plethora of choices for a person who is interested in getting into art. Where it gets confusing for the beginner is knowing what software to buy when starting out.  I had to find out the hard way that Photoshop CC and Photoshop Illustrator are two separate beasts.  

    Free

    Paid

    Hardware

    hardware

    Drawing Tablets

    For digital art we have artists who use their mouse pointer and Photoshop. Yes, you can do that and still get incredible work done. But if you're after speed and efficency you might want to invest into graphic tablets. They are relatively cheap, you can get one for a quarter of a price of a smartphone or for the full price of an expensive smartphone. The difference is mostly in the added functionality, additional speed and comfort. 

    Pencils

    A classic choice for fine art or coloring some coloring books is a colored pencil. Suggest you start out with the cheapest tools at your local art supplies store and expand into more expensive brands as you grow as an artist and find your own style.

    Sharpeners

    The same goes for pencil sharpeners most modern electric pencil sharpeners are built cheap. The problem with that as we know is the loss of quality and longevity. Fortunately a lot of electric pencil sharpener companies also offer multiple year warranties. Alternatively you could opt for really rare old models like the ones from Panasonic or opt for mechanical sharpeners in which case you can't go wrong with most choices.

    online tools

    Online Tools

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    References

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