Learning to draw before painting digitaly

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  03 March 2013
Learning to draw before painting digitaly

This seems to be what I keep reading on different forums over and over. That I need to learn to draw first. But I don't understand how I should balance how much I practice those two. When do I know that I'm good enough at drawing that I can start focusing on digital painting? I've been interested in learning to draw for a long time, but it is an endless learning process and my true goal is to start practicing digital painting and spending most of my time on that.
  03 March 2013
It's a gross misconception that drawing and painting are two totally separate things. People who perpetuate this needs to be spanked.

Drawing and painting are really not so different. In a way, you can think of painting as drawing with values and colors in the form of thicker strokes.

When you are painting, you are still constantly drawing, because drawing is all about shapes, and you are constantly assessing the shapes you lay down with your brushstrokes. It's also a misconception that drawing is all about lines. line are simply the most basic way to depict shapes while not having to think about values and colors, but as long as you're dealing with depicting shapes, you are drawing.

So no, you don't need to have mastered drawing before you learn painting. You can do both.
  03 March 2013
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