I learn conceptually. That is, I have to *wrap my head around* something in order to begin to understand it. You can't just hand me a list of things to do in order to use a particular graphics software program, you have to tell me what it's for, what the idea is.
Learning like this is the only way to use complex computer software programs, like Adobe Illustrator, which is my favorite. That's why the assignments I give are always project-based. If someone has a long *cheat sheet*, maybe of shortcuts, that sort of thing, I would just shake my head. If someone set aside trying to memorize where everything was, what everything was called, and just started drawing, I knew that they were gonna get it.
|A vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator|
Once you understand the concept of vectors in Adobe Illustrator, you're ready to move on to wireframe animation. But I'll stay with Adobe Illustrator. I still have a lot to do, mostly cartoons!