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I personally believe there are benefits to both. Especially if you want digital to be your thing eventually, there is more to learning digital art than just learning to draw, you also need to learn the programs and the things they can do. Being able to practice with both, and even with other mediums, is a well-rounded approach. I personally carry both a regular sketchbook and my ipad pro wherever I go, and will draw on both regularly. I often sketch in my sketchbook and when I get something I like transfer it to the ipad to ink and color, or for bigger things I want to do I'll transfer to my PC to use my big tablet and photoshop. If you don't want to put forth the huge expense for something like a screen tablet, consider getting just a pad tablet, the kind where you look at your monitor but draw on a tablet about the size of a mouse pad or bigger. Those are usually less than $100 and wont break the bank while you work on your skills with the various programs.


ltspeirs8645

See something like that is kind of what I had in mind. I would like to be able to be out somewhere and take out my sketchbook when I have an idea and sketch out the idea and then transfer it to digital later on. I just have very little experience with the digital side of things that I dont know if it would be a good medium to learn things like shape, form, shading and those kinds of things to start off with or if learning those things through sketching would be more beneficial so I have a jumping off point for learning or are you saying it's good to learn with both at the same time?


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You can learn shape, form, shading and those things whether you're using a digital program, a sketchbook and pencil, or a stick in the sand. I'd suggest getting yourself a little pad tablet. I'm a fan of Huion myself, [here's a cheaper priced one with decent reviews](https://www.amazon.com/Huion-H420-Graphics-Drawing-Tablet/dp/B00MGLD3E6/). There are some free programs. Some people swear by [Krita](https://krita.org/en/) but I really like [Gimp](https://www.gimp.org/) myself. Then just mess around and enjoy learning the programs. There are great tutorials on YouTube, just search "How To use Gimp" and see what comes up. There's absolutely no reason you can't do both.


ltspeirs8645

I have used Gimp a lot so that might work well for me as well, but yeah I might give that a try and start to learn through both. Thank you kind stranger for your help and recommendation! :)


pizzahoernchen

When I started drawing I just had a pencil and printer paper. Simply figuring out the basics kept me so busy for a few months, I didn't even think about learning to use new tools. So I'd suggest you use what you have until you feel like you've outgrown your materials. Whether you add a drawing tablet to your tools and keep exploring traditional mediums at the same time or completely switch over to digital art might be an easier decision once you're at that point. ​ ​ ​


ltspeirs8645

I was thinking about doing both and doing so might make the process take more time but also be more comprehensive and give me the tools I'm looking for to be able to sketch something on the go and then move it to digital later on and do both at the same quality as I continue to learn.