I can't afford traditional art supplies but I do have a drawing tablet and laptop. Should I start learning art almost exclusively digitally?

9:25 PM, Monday May 9th 2022

Hi! I'm a returning beginner to art here's little backstory. My way of learning art when I was younger didn't help me in the long run with improving my art and skills. I eventually experienced severe burn out and disappointment juggling high school and making art that wasn't appealing or improving so I dropped it. I'm a freshman in college now and I want to take my art and art learning more seriously, improve to the point I can make money from it, be proud of work, and actually retain what I learned instead of forgetting almost everything 2 weeks later but feeling a false sense of security cause "I already drew it so I can remember how to draw it later."

Unfortunately according to "Lesson 0: Getting Started

Required/Recommended Tools" it's highly recommended you use physical art supplies trying to learn digitally is like an uphill battle and the reasons they gave are good valid points on why to start out traditionally and work your way to digital. My problem with this is that I'm a freshman in college almost entirely dependent on my financial aid for expenses. I couldn't afford to go out and buy extra supplies when I still have to buy my other art supplies for my classes that unfortunately still haven't clarified if they're digital based or traditional since the last once was almost entirely digital. Long story short can I still be able to learn to drawing almost exclusively digitally? If you're wondering why I have a drawing tablet instead of a physical art supplies when at a glance a tablet seems more expensive it was a gift for my 17th birthday.

TL:DR I want to take my art learning more effective and serious but don't have physical art supplies only a laptop and digital tablet since I'm broke; should I still go ahead and start learning to draw digitally even if it's not the recommended way?

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4:34 AM, Tuesday May 10th 2022

The art supplies recommended in DaB can be bought for very cheap, all you need is a fine liner and some printer paper. If your financial situation is so bad that those are unaffordable for you then you probably have bigger issues to worry about than improving your drawing right now.

6:34 PM, Wednesday May 11th 2022

Thank you that does seem more plausible I'll try to buy more drugstore art supplies then and no my situation isn't that bad thankfully but again thanks I'll try to find more budget friendly art supplies along with drawing digitally

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5:11 AM, Tuesday May 10th 2022

Phrasing your question a different way may help - it seems to me what you're asking is, "is doing the lessons digitally better than not doing them at all?"

The answer to that is yes. Everything else is kind of irrelevant. You'll have an easier time avoiding rushing, staying on task, and generally sticking to the instructions using the recommended tools - but as you stated, that's not an option. So, the pitfalls you have to avoid will be larger, and you won't have access to official critique (which you don't anyway, given the budgetary concerns), but the information is still there for you to use.

At the end of the day, you know what limitations apply to you. The resources are available to you regardless of how you choose to use them.

6:39 PM, Wednesday May 11th 2022

I see thank you I saw another suggestion of using cheaper supplies so I'll try that along with drawing digitally and yeah I definately could've worded this better. I think it's pretty clear this was my first time asking in a forum lol

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