1. What "medium" do you normally use? Charcoal? Graphite?
2. What kind of paper do you normally use?
3. How do you blend/shade?
4. Got any tips about making realistic noses, ears, and hair?
5. How long does it take you to sketch one picture of one horse?
I'm wanting to get art lessons for my drawing. Not necessarily only horses, but other things as well. My parents will pay for it. The problems are that I can't figure what kind of pencils/pens/medium I should get and use, and I can't ever figure out what kind of paper. At the moment I use some crayola sketching pads that my parents had got several years ago. But I'm running out of paper on them.
I'm also completely self-taught. I did take an art class back in sixth grade... but it was for one semester, and I'm now in tenth grade. Do you have any tips? Besides practice practice practice (I'm already doing that...)?