These are a few of my Inktober drawings from last year. The general theme here is “things around my home”. I’ll be posting more of my 2013 Inktober drawings up until October!
I got my first pumpkins of the season and I thought I should paint them.
askpranksterluna said: Hi, I've asked you about animating before, but now I wanted to ask you something different. So, how long were you taking art classes for? I'm in my fourth year of art in high school, I was wondering how many years you took before you got your career. I mean, I know I want to do something with art but I'm always second guessing. It seems like I've been doing art forever, not saying that's a bad thing. Anyway, please try to answer this when you can! Quizzically yours, - Etch
Let’s see… well, I actually didn’t get the chance to take art classes in highschool until my senior year because I was taking band class instead, but I’d been drawing on my own for as long as I could hold a crayon. I also squeezed 4 years worth of art school in to 3.5 years during college. I got my first freelance art gig within a year of graduating, and my first studio gig after about a year.
Here’s my advice, and it’s advice you (general you) have probably seen floating around on tumblr a lot from artists, so I apologize if it’s repetitive, but:
College is not for everyone! I learned more on the job than I did in school, hands down. The reason school was good for me was because it helped me to network and make connections with people that I ultimately ended up working with and for. I also learned a lot, especially during my foundation year, but this isn’t necessarily the path everyone needs to or should take. However, school is also a time when a lot of people figure out just want they want to DO in art, which can be really important if you’re not sure! It’s also a great time to be surrounded by like-minded people who are interested in the same things as you. It’s also a humbling experience: I know that in highschool I was that kid who could draw. In college, I was a little fish in a big pond! You have to weigh the pros and cons, like the debt you accrue vs. the connections you make/the courses that are available.
There are also plenty of art schools that offer courses to those who aren’t enrolled full-time for much cheaper than tuition would cost! If you think that college might not be for you, I’d still recommend trying to connect with the artistic community as much as you can, whether it be going to live drawing nights or taking weekly courses, or even just participating in art challenges online!
There is no set number of classes you need to take that will ensure you get a job. It really, really has to do with your skills and your portfolio. If you have a killer portfolio and it’s clear you really understand your craft, a college degree is not at all necessary to get you an art job.
I’m not sure how much highschool you’ve got left, but I’d say you should take as many art classes as you can now (while it’s free!!) and try to absorb as much information as you can! I know that at my highschool there was an Art Honors Society I joined that met after school and was pretty fun, too.
I guess what it boils down to, is whatever you decide as far as schooling, DRAW DRAW DRAW! Give yourself assignments! Save and study art that inspires you! PRACTICE LIFE DRAWING. Build up a body of work that shows you understand how objects exist in 3D space!
I hope this was helpful in some way. I wish you all the best! :)
I haven’t even started school yet (FIVE DAYS omg help) but I think this is pretty solid advice. I’ve seen a couple artists that say art school is almost never a good idea, and those people aren’t swimming in student loan debt, which is great, but they might also be struggling to pay bills anyway, so there’s that. One thing I will add is to really explore your school options. I could never afford to go to MICA for instance, but I can get financial aid to cover a CFA from my local liberal arts community college. Mike King has said to never go into debt for an art degree, and on the other end of that you have someone like Noelle Stevenson who has been open about having huge loan debt from school but also got solid work right out of school. There is no perfect choice. Just work hard. Draw your ass off!
I’m so emotionally over-worked and fragile right now with starting school, any time one of my friends tells me they’re proud of me or I’m gonna do great I just start tearing up, it’s terrible.
These are the last of the animal requests I took. I’m really into that hermit crab.
My back-to-school necessities list:
-Pencils I guess
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.