>>4447>How long it takes to get relatively good at drawing?
If by relatively good you mean good enough to interest pleb (by coping what you see) - something about 50-60 hours (pic related, it's from book "Drawing on the right side of brain". I don't recommend it).
Drawing from imagination needs more time. Sorry, but I can't give you exact number: I would guess that's something between half of a year and 2 years (assuming you will draw something about 1-3 hours daily). Then you'll have enough skills to make something appealing.
>I can only afford pencils are they outdated or there is still hope for me to do nice drawings with them?For beginners pencils are really enough.
You can make really great things with them. Of course ONLY pencils are not enough: for good start I would recommend buying kneaded eraser - it's cheap, but still very useful. Consider also buying ruler to learn perspective. For now you don't have to spend money on expensive paper.
And don't forget about pencil sharpener.
>I was told that only digital stuff is worth doing nowadays.
Probably true - you don't have to learn for decades to sell digital porn. On the other hand many artists (animators for example) are still working (at least partially) in traditional way. Traditional drawings and paintings are really expensive, because only few are doing this. But you have to be really good to sell anything.
So yeah - if you want to become pro think about buying graphic tablet (but only think for now! most important things you will learn by drawing with pencils).>>4449>I have worries about being late and lacking real tools.
Tools are not as big problem as being late. According to some research (sorry, but I can't find it right now) our ability to learn starts to decrease after being 30 years old. It doesn't mean you can't learn how to draw if you have 50 years; but it does mean that you will need much more time and work.
If you're less than 30 years old you'll be just fine.
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