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Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist: A Practical Guide to Principles & Techniques, by Angie Taylor

Ch. 1 — Drawing

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The importance of drawing & natural media

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That said, learn to use a Wacom. Seriously. They're in several labs. They're available for checkout from the cage. The Bamboos are less than $100. Stop drawing with a potato.

Is it wrong to trace?

"People may tell you that it’s wrong to draw from magazines or photographs, but I don’t agree. Although it’s always preferable to draw from real life, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with copying other images. When I was learning to draw, I regularly copied from magazines and from other artists’ work. If it inspires you, use it."

Taylor A. Design Essentials for the Motion Media Artist: A Practical Guide to Principles & Techniques . Burlington, MA: Focal Press; 2011: 43.

If you're selling yourself as a professional illustrator while tracing all of your work, you're lying. Otherwise, go nuts. Just be careful.

A word on ideas & inspiration:

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