You might not need drawing skills to get a 3d job, but if you want to study it, the entrance exams will probably include drawing or even painting. I found this out the hard way when I started looking for possible schools last Spring. All three places I wanted to go to had drawing-related entrance exams, and two even had me drawing some pre-exam work to see if I was good enough to be called to the actual exams. Drawing, water-color works, writing essays - it was quite a shock.
I didn’t pass, because I haven’t drawn. I started 3d because I thought that it would be nice way to create art without having to learn to draw, which I thought was impossible. I had played around with free programs (mostly Blender 3d) for more than a year before I realized that if I wanted to become good at it, I had to learn the same sub-skills needed for drawing: I had to learn how human body looks like and how the joints work, what various silhouettes look like, how to simplify complex shapes into something easily recognisable, composition, etc etc. :eek: As you can imagine, it was quite a shock!
It’s easier to carry paper and a pencil than a laptop, and thus it’s easier to practice if you can draw. Sculpting clay is another skill that trains the skills you need in 3d-modeling. Taking up some kind of a side-hobby will only improve your work. I’m much better at drawing now: sometimes the faces are good enough for you to recognize the people I drew, and the objects I draw are looking more like what they should, although there are still lots of minor mistakes with perspective, shading and such. My modeling work has also improved.
If you want to learn drawing, I suggest that you read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”. It explains drawing in a fun way: imagine that you’re looking through a glass window. You take a marker, and draw the outlines of a car on the glass. Because you copied exactly what you saw, the lines are perfectly in perspective, just as long as they should, and aligned just as they should. If you remove the glass and put it next to a paper, it’s easy to copy the car into a paper. It goes further than that, but the book really helped me to realize some simple facts that I had overlooked, and I learned a lot in quite a short time.