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A Discussion For the Budding Artist

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 5:59 PM
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I wanted to write something for all of the younger artists on dA (those who are not yet in college), who are thinking about pursuing art as a major or a career.  I am in no way an expert, but I do have a lot of experience to share, and if you care to hear it, than feel free to read (: And I would love to hear people's thoughts and opinions on some of the ideas I present.

This past semester I have buckled down and have started to really think about art as a career and not just as a pastime anymore.    I think this partially stems from the transition from high school to college.   It's a strange thing being thrown into 'the adult world' and having to think about everything in a whole new light.  For me, I had my mind made up that I wanted to be an artist since I could conceive the concept of having a job.   I had never swayed in that decision until I was faced with the reality of the art world.  It is a CRUEL, COMPETITIVE, CHALLENGING, TIME-CONSUMING industry.  There is no sugar coating it, there are very few exceptions.   And for me, the idea of joining that world was a scary one.  A BFA is not a safety net.  It is not a law degree, a business degree, or a computational media degree that will gaurantee financial stability after college.  An art degree is a gamble.  And it is a gamble that I am taking right now....And it scares the living daylights out of me.  
I want to succeed.  I am driven to succeed.  OH PLEASE LET ME NOT BE MAKING THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF MY LIFE :P Haha

Anyway, I have built up a pretty good business for myself (online and offline) and that is really what gave me the confidence to continue with my passion and try to make it my livelihood.

And all of these muddled thoughts that have been bouncing around my head have really had me thinking this past week:  What has lead me to this point?  What advice can I contribute to dA's younger population to encourage them to stay committed to their dreams and pursue art as I have chosen to?

There are  key components to succeeding in this challenging business.  I will bring up what I feel is essential if you are truly thinking about pursuing art in college.

1) PRACTICE.  WORK.  EVERYDAY.
I cannot stress this enough.  If you are not a person who can commit to the time it takes to succeed in the art world, let it go.  Do it on the side.  It is not the career for you.  In my first semester of college I had 1 studio art class.  That class was about 90% of my workload for first semester.  I contributed over 20 hours a week to that class (sometimes more).  Over Thanksgiving Break, I worked 12 hour days, every day for the final project in the class.  All of that time and work paid off :)  Thankfully I received an A+ in the class (the teacher later emailed me and said that she rarely gave out A's).  
I do not say all of this to brag and gloat.  I say this as advice.   Start preparing NOW!  
In middle school and high school, I worked on art every single day.  I was that kid scribbling in my notebook instead of listening to the math teacher :P (btw, not encouraging that ;)).  
You should work AT LEAST an hour a day to improve.  Right now, I average 4-6 hours a day working on art (mostly commissions and college work, but I also allow time to work on other exercises).  This is how I make my money....Luckily it is enough so that I do not need a job on the side; however, it would be nowhere near enough to support myself if my parents were not paying for my education.
Get my point?  Art is time consuming.  That is the most important lesson any budding artist can learn :)

2) LEARN THE BASICS.
I cannot even begin to tell you how much it irks me to see young artists trying to find 'their style' when they have not even yet mastered the basics.  Before you can stylize something, it is ESSENTIAL that you know how to draw realistically.  Once you have mastered the principles of art and design (line, shape, form, color, texture, value, ect.) then you can use those tools to create whatever art you desire.  
The problem with learning a 'style' first- such as anime, for instance- is that it is very hard to learn how to draw realistically once you have programmed that 'style' in your head.  And with no concept with how things look naturally, it is very hard to create original work.  Many artists who start off drawing in a 'style' before they have mastered the basics, end up drawing 'copycat work' because they do not understand how to draw an original idea and then translate it to their 'style'.  It is also very difficult to create believable work if one does not understand the underlying properties that make the style work.
Before I began drawing 'sparkle wolves' and shiny animals and things, I took many many art classes.  X.X  I was the youngest person taking a figure drawing class at my local art center.  Picture an 11 year old studying the nude bodies of live men and women.  That was me.  I also took many introductory drawing classes.
Before I was enrolled in classes, I taught myself.  I read books, printed out reference material, and set up still lives in my house to draw.
My advice to all the budding artists out there:
Do everything in your power to draw from life! Whether that means taking classes or setting up still lives for yourselves: DO IT!  It will be immensely beneficial.  Draw the same thing 20 times, 20 different ways. I remember once I was on a class field trip.  The entire bus ride I spent drawing my left hand over and over again XD.

3) COMMIT.
This may seem redundant...but you cannot succeed in the art world unless you commit with all your heart.   As I have already stated, it takes more time than you may be able to fathom to make art work as a major in college and as a career.  
What are steps you can take to commit (besides practicing everyday and learning the basics)?
- Take art classes in highschool. Once you are finished taking basic classes, take higher level classes.  If your school offers IB or AP classes TAKE THOSE.  Do everything in your power to get fives on your AP portfolios.
-Offer commissions.  The best way to gain experience in becoming part of the art world is to become part of the art world :giggle:  Start off with low prices.  Learn how to be an honest salesperson and work with clients.  Whether you are working for a few points or a few dolars- this is very good experience.   I have learned so much through offering commissions.  I have definitely made my mistakes and have had to deal with upset clients, but it has taught me so much
-Make art your major!  And it call comes down to this.  If you truly are passionate about art and have the drive to make it your career- major in it.  It does no good in the art world to choose it as a minor.  Majoring in art will give you the experience you need to be able to make it a career...


Anyway,   I know that was a lot.  I just felt like sharing some of my thoughts.  If anyone has questions or other points to bring up, feel free to do so.  I am in a thoughtful mood.

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Aquadragoness Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very interesting to read. Thank you!
I'm in middle school, and although I'm not taking art this year, I think I'll choose to take art next year. The only problem is that I also want to take a language and I'm in the school orchestra...
I started out just drawing stuff stylized, but I've come to realize that I need to learn how to draw realistically first. Besides the fact that shaping realistic art into stylized art will let you see how the style works, it would be nice to know how to draw something realistically if someone wants you to draw them something realistically, but be able to draw something in another style if they want it stylized!
The leap from stylized to realistic is rather big for me though. I never learned how to draw using framework of any kind, and whenever I try to draw from life I end up being extra picky and angry with myself because it doesn't look EXACTLY like the real thing (which it never will, but I can't seem to tell myself that).
Do you have any tips on learning how to draw from life, using framework? 
Thank you so much <3
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tumblebunny Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I am so torn between what I would like to do with my life. Of course, I definitely have a lot of time before college, but I like to plan things ahead. On one side, I think art is awesome. I love drawing everyday. (Granted I only REALLY enjoy drawing wolves) I think it would be an awesome job to have. However, I am aware of the risks of becoming one, too. On the other hand, I've always been really fascinated by animals and science in general. For the first 10 years of my life, Animal Planet was my favorite channel. I also love watching Nat Geo, etc. Being a biologist, zoologist, geneticist, or a neurologist sound exciting, but I worry that I may be bored with the work, even though I like the general topic. I need help :(
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silverphoenix07 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly love art and love making art, but I'm not sure if that's what I want to be doing as a job. Like you said, it's a gamble. . . and what if I lose? I'm thinking I'll major is something that is less of a gamble and do art as a minor. What do you think?
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much for writing this! Your advice is extremely helpful even for someone like me who is currently perusing a major in animal science and later veterinary medicine. I wish you luck on your journey as an artist! I have a lot of admiration for your commitment to it as well as your already amazing work which I am sure will become even more amazing in the future! Again thanks for taking the time to share your experiences and learnings! It was quite an honor being able to read them!
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D
Good luck in your major! I had briefly considered veterinary school.
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! And to you as well!
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Deathwisher3228 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
This brought a lot of realization to my mind. I recently just finished my first semester of college as an art student and have just started 2nd semester and it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I joined the art community here which meant my first semester was full of art classes. One being a Foundation Design class where you learn the core concepts of design. It sounded so boring because design has never been an interest of mine. But really it was about finding ways to show the elements of design such as space, proportion, value, emphasis, etc. While the class was difficult and frustrating at times, it DID push our creative sides because the majority of our work (excluding the final) had to be non-objective. Our teacher said he doesn't want to be able to recognize what are art was of so it had to be abstract. I do think I did some good work in that class but definitely not the best. Than we took a Basic Drawing 101 class where all we do is draw from still life. That was much more exciting. I love realistic art opposed to abstract. Yet I was still getting frustrated because he kept giving me B's in the class. I was trying my best but for some reason I just never broke that B barrier. I have followed through and are continuing to take art classes but I'm starting to feel like it's not a good career for me. I don't have that passion that a lot of other people do. I like to draw but not all hours of the day, especially with homework from other general classes. I do think if there were more art classes in my high school that I'd be better in college, but I came from a small country school that had K-12 all in one building and the majority of classes were agricultural and farming based. So art had a very small choice of classes. Basically just Art 1 and Art 2 and an Art 3 if you took Art one early enough to fit all 3. Recently over christmas break I actually had a "college-life crisis" as I like to call it, where I started to doubt majoring in art. I couldn't see myself with a future degree in art because well it's a challenging market to get into. Eventually I told myself that after purchasing all the art supplies we needed for that first semester that I really can't afford to switch majors. I'm hoping to get better at it as I continue classes but I'm thinking about minoring in English just give myself something to fall back on I guess. Although originally I took art because I wanted to better my skills as really I just want to be a tattoo artist but I just don't think it's going to happen. I don't know I guess this whole thing has made me realize that art really isn't my passion but I've already put in so much that it's hard to just drop it.

Sorry this is so long, it's just this is all that's been going through my mind lately and finally I saw this journal where I could share my perspective on the topic.
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MrFuzzyPandaz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Every single word you just typed is the same way im feeling. :c i wish you luck.i wish i could have beeen into art at an early age.Now i feel like im running out of time.
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Deathwisher3228 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks. Yea, I mean I did draw when I was younger but it just doesn't come as easily to me now. Like she said in the journal, it does take practice everyday and I didn't do that, I rarely draw outside of my classes and it had quite the effect on my skills. So if you wish to continue pursuing art, keep practicing otherwise you'll end up like me.

As for the time thing, well by the end of this semester I'll have wasted my first year, because next year I'm planning on switching majors, so I'll probably just be in college an extra year. So really time's not an extreme issue, because you can stay as long as you need to.
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MrFuzzyPandaz Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
i didn't start seriously drawing until my third year of high school when i finally could take art class and Photoshop.I will keep practicing and get better :3
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't apologize for the long comment (: I definitely made this journal so that people could share their feelings and thoughts on the subject.

Trust me, I know the feeling of having a 'college crisis'. I went through the same thing many times over the summer and last semester. My advice would be to really reflect on whether or not art is your passion, because if it is, than all of the hard work will pay off. I know professors can grade tough, but don't let those B's discourage you.
However, if you are really beginning to believe that art is not the career path for you, it might be a good time to get out. I have talked to many former art students who really didn't have the drive for art, but they went ahead and stuck with it anyway. All of those people regretted that decision. One of them has a desk job at a dentist's office x.x She said she wished she had spent the time in medical school instead of art school.
Luckily as a college freshman there is still time to figure out which direction you want to go in. If you really enjoy art as a hobby it is always a possibility to minor in it :)
If you really have the drive to become a tattoo artist, I have a great article for you to read :D For the longest time I wanted to pursue tattooing as a career (I am still thinking about it) but this article definitely helped give me a whole new perspective on the business: [link]

Anyway, I wish you the best of luck in whichever direction you decide to go :)
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Deathwisher3228 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Well I guess for me while art may not be my passion, I don't know what is haha. But I guess I can keep searching. Thanks for the reply and that article really did effect my thoughts on tattooing as a career. Thanks again. :)
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TheMajicalBean Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is so wonderful to read. I am a young artist (just a freshmen in high school) and I have been through enough art classes to realize that I'm pretty good. I'm very young yet I have people lined up asking for my work. It can be pressuring but I know that it's what I want to do when I go to college, it's my passion, it's my relaxation, it's my drive. It's not who I am, I am made of many things, but it makes up 90% of me! I have already started thinking about what I want to do and what I need to do. Some advice my dad gave me was, "Please strive to do what you want, please make a career of it, because if you end up doing what you don't like to do (like me), you will regret it for the rest of your life."
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!
It's so wonderful that you are so committed as just a freshman. That commitment definitely helps to prepare you once you reach the college level (: And it sounds like you have an amazing dad. Definitely listen to his advice!
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TheMajicalBean Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks, and yes, he is pretty awesome!
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KLeighB97 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for making this, i am actually very scared about taking art further (im in high school) i want to do it more but like you said, the oppertunities for jobs etc dont come up a lot, and i dont believe my art is good enough, i want to improve. i still am not sure what i want to be when i am older but i do want to take art further, as a hobby or hopefully a job, as i just love the subject and drawing things, or people..
ps it is insane how good you are at art, you should do really well :)
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very welcome :hug:
Trust me, I know how intimidating it can be. I am still freaking out about it, but if it is your passion I am sure you will find a way to make it work! You are still in high school, so there is still time to prepare for college :) I guarantee you if you find time to practice everyday, you will start to see tremendous improvement :D
And thank you :hug: I really appreciate that
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KLeighB97 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome and thank you :)
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Sladeyy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
haha I really appreciate you for making this journal, i'm currently a junior in high school struggling to to prepare for college even though i still have my senior year, I wanna be extra ready. I even asked my art teacher if she could be my mentor and she said she would and i'm hella shy, so it's slowly working up to the point of actually being a true mentor, but she always tells me DRAW FROM LIFE, because as you said above I started drawing from a style above, so it's very hard for me to change that, but surprisingly i'm getting a lot better at pulling away from it which i'm really proud of myself for. The only thing is I have a little issue with practicing, i'm so willing to be devoted to it, but for some reason I always end up doing something else. Maybe i'm thinking about it too much and then when I get to it i'm just mehehehheheh. lol, but yeah this post really helped me understand why it's important to draw from life I totally get it now, i'm going to try my hardest to get in the daily routine of trying to at least drawing from life for at least an hour a day.

I'm really wanting major in art, even if i'm just aiming to be an art teacher, this year I just i don't know came so passionate about my feeling for art and the way I view it, and it just makes me feel all "tingly" inside I guess you could say lol, but yeah i should stop typing because this is getting long
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's not a problem! I'm glad you found it helpful!
It's really cool that your art teacher is willing to work with you and mentor you (: That will definitely be a huge help!
And trust me, I know hard it can be to buckle down and focus on art for at least an hour a day XD. One things I find helpful is to find a space where I can be completely isolated from other people and electronics. My biggest problem is when I am working with a computer or something in front of me...I ALWAYS get sidetracked. If you can find a spot to isolate yourself from everything but art, it is so much easier to really practice. (:
And as far as still lives go- I recommend things with interesting textures ;) To learn how light works, I always use to draw things like glass and silverware. They were challenging, but insanely helpful!

I wish you the best of luck :hug:
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Sladeyy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm going to totally try that isolating yourself thing because you're right. When I draw right infront of my laptop I usually open it up or already have it opened listening to music and i'll be like haha i'm going to check facebook, and then I find myself 2 hours later not yet drawn anything. My biggest weakness is video games though, so yeah the isolation thing will probably help me haha! I never thought of doing silverware or just anything like that either, seems I miss a lot of simple ideas like that. Everytime I would think drawing still life I got it in my head the stuff was already out there like idk a coat on a coat rack. I never thought about actually getting something out and putting it somewhere haha, wow! Thanks so much :3 this has been very helpful!
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ArchangelVampire Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for this. I'm going into my first semester of college next week lol and have a drawing class each friday for 6 hours. I figured out why I can't draw realistically by reading this. I was so focused on getting a style and getting people to like my work. I really hate going through the basics of art, but I guess I have to. The major I'm going for right now is Psychology, but I keep going back and forth in my head between that and art. I don't think I'm good enough at art to go for that yet. But who knows, maybe I'll improve greatly this semester.
Thanks again lucky, you're awesome. Maybe one day I'll be as good as you...I can dream xD
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good luck in your first semester! I really enjoyed mine, and I hope you have a pleasant experience as well :D
With that drawing class it definitely sounds like you will be able to 'take a step backwards' so to speak, and really focus on learning the basics ;) And good luck in Psychology! For a while I was actually thinking about double majoring in art and psychology. I always thought that art therapy sounded like an exciting profession.
You are very welcome :hug:
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Loxome Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great. I am in middle school myself and will be going to high school next year. And although i am young, my father is a college professor, so I know the world of education well. And i agree with all your points. I myself don't think i have the commitment to make art my major, but i will minor in art, be it music or visual art. And major in a science or math. I hopefully will go to School of the Arts in high school, and then college, gradschool, americore, etc. I went to Korea with the school last summer, have hosted two Korean exchange students, take math a year ahead of everyone else, and have big dreams, and big motivation. So I wish you luck as well and you seem very wise in your studies.
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It definitely seems like you know what you are doing (: I am sure it helps tremendously to have your dad as a college professor. Good luck :) It definitely sounds like you will go far.
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Loxome Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks, and yes, my dad certainly helps. good luck to you too.
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Alison-K Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Very encouraging journal. ^^
I myself want to get into the art industry, specifically animation.

All my life, I've been the go-to girl if anyone wanted something drawn. I've gotten some compliments from teachers and was once even asked to design the class's mascot, which at the time the school's theme was horse racing.
And last year, the art teacher said I had potential, so I feel fairly confident that I can excel if I work hard.
What prides me in that is because I've never taken an art class before that one.

And being a sophomore in a demanding high school, I'm quite happy with where I am right now. ^^
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :D

It sounds like you are definitely on the right track! It is always nice to be the 'go-to person' for art related things (: That's who I always was in middle/high school as well XD
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Alison-K Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Well, I'm not so much the go-to person anymore. There's another girl in my grade who's an awesome artist too, but she's a human artist and I'm an animal artist so it evens out. ^^
We've got lots of art classes in my school, and there are so many amazing artists in my school, my mind is constantly blown. I made the mistake of not taking an art class this year, but I most definitely will take one next year.
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DarkDeath-13 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
It seems like you wont be recieving short responses for this journal. Haha :D
Thanks for the info btw! I was planning on majoring in art too. This helps a lot.
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, yeah, definitely not a lot of short responses ^^; But it is really cool that people have a lot to share!
I'm glad this was helpful to you :D
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DarkDeath-13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
No thankyou for the information! :aww:
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WolfLAF Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I'm currently in AP Art class.
I always draw things realisticly many many times till i get it down, and then morph the subject into my own style over time
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That's awesome! What AP Art class are you in?
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WolfLAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
huh?
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Like are you taking Drawing/Painting, 3D, or 2D design?
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WolfLAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
uhh.. i took art throughout middleschool, took drawing and painting freshman year advanced art soph. advanced art again and fashion and textile last year and ap art this year and will be starting 2 and 3D design in a couple days when the second semester begins
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh I see! Good luck in your classes :D
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WolfLAF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
thank you, and you as well.
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I myself am a Senior and finishing my last year of High School, and I really want to pursue art as a career! I have to agree full-heartedly with all the points you made in this journal, and I like to think that I'm very committed to art. I'm finishing my last year in IB HL Art and am predicted of getting a 7 - the highest grade. I spend a lot of time outside of school working on art and I'm hoping to do a graphic design course at uni next year. I think my main aim is to become a concept artist or illustrator. I hope everything works out for you too! (:
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear you agree! Good luck in your IB program (: I'm sure you'll get a 7 :D My school used the AP program, so I am not too familiar with IB
Concept art is something that has grabbed my attention for the past few years, so that is actually the direction I am thinking of taking as well :D
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Ydriss Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you; the IB doesn't require to draw as many artworks a week as the AP does, however the "Investigation Work Book" we have to work in takes up a lot of time. One of my friends at school does both programs and I think work-wise, she definitely prefers the AP. They both have their merits though (:
And good luck with your path, I wish you the very best! ;')
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LyricalxM0nst3r Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well im in middle school and i was actually wanting to paint like you some day ^^ You know some wildlife I would love to see more of your art too. I was just asking can i have a few tips on how you do your art and what not ^^
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Kiba-Shiruba Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I want to thank you for all the tips you've just given everyone and the time you took to write this. I'm in my last year of middle school right now and I spend most of my time either on art or homework or sleep, that's it... well, artists don't need to eat right? Just kidding, lol 'starving artists'. Thank you! (and also thanks for the rainbow eyes wolf!) Goodbye!
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's no problem (: Thank you for reading ;)
Hehe it's great to hear middle schoolers spending so much time on their art :D It makes me happy and reminds me of me XD
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KeraDavis98 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this journal it's very encouraging and inspiration. I was just starting to lose hope in pursuing art as an career. Sometimes I find drawing difficult/frustration but I find I helps me relax and stay focus. I'm only a freshman in high school and I'm still trying to learn the bases of art. My art teacher would only teach me traditional art styles and vocabulary. Everything else I been on my own mostly like how to draw animals and people correctly. So lately I use drawing books to teach myself how to draw and look for artwork on deviantArt for inspiration. This you so much this helps a lot. :)
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am so glad you found it helpful and encouraging :hug:
It sounds like you are definitely on the right track to improving your work :) And you are only a freshman, so you have lots of time to take classes and really prepare!
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KeraDavis98 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm trying to stay on the right track but its becoming harder to take time to draw. My school is now an early college high school and most of my classes are advance classes. Starting next year I will be taking college classes plus my regular high school classes. So I use the weekends to draw at least a hour of 2 and 30 minutes durning the week days. I'm just trying to figure out how to become a better artist.
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wolfytg Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree entirely with you girl. if i could blog this on facebook i would lol.

i totally get the second point. I really love drawing realistically. It gives me the sense that the creature could actually exist and thts what I strive for. I still need to practice cartoons and chibis, but the realistic ones just make me smile. Maybe thats why I want to go into the special effects makeup industry. To make nice believable monsters haha.

and if I may add -
making a career in art takes TIME. You cant just pop out of college and be like "ok bring on the money". my advice would be to while youre in highschool and college make a name for yourself, be the guy or girl that everyone goes to to get drawings or other artistic items. It s great way to make friends and earn money while your at it.

Lucky978 knows her stuff. She is just one of the many talented artists on here that can give a piece of advice once in awhile.
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Lucky978 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha :hug: Thank you :)

Yeah, there is always a feeling of accomplishment when you finish a realistic drawing.

And that is definitely a good point...You definitely have to work your way up to a high paying job. I haven't talked to many people who make a lot of money (especially in the art world) right out of college. It's scary X.x
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