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Hey everybody, my name is Joe, and I like many high school graduates need some advice on deciding what to do with myself and my artistic skill. I have no doubt that you folks come across many of these threads and are probably sick of them, but I would truly appreciate any advice you have to offer.
So here's my situation, I'm 17 years old and consider myself to be a fairly good artist, however, I can't decide which path to take. Here are my options:
-First, my cousin's boyfriend is an animator and he offered me (a few years ago while I was still in high school) to teach me at his private school, and then to come work with him at his job. Also, my cousin offered to put me up until I got my own place. The only negative thing about this is that it would be in a new town where I wouldn't know anyone, and the idea of living on my own definetly makes me nervous.
-Second, I could simply just go to my home town university, get a degree, and get a job. But I figure a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree wouldn't offer many job opportunities or open many doors.
-Lastly, I could go to the Art Institute of Vancouver. This place seems to be the shit. Some dude with a ponytail came to our school and did a damn good presentation on what the place offers. I instantly assumed that they had great teachers, up to date equipment/technology, and a nice facility. The other thing that interested me was that I would only have to attend for 2 years, and I would pretty much be guaranteed a job after I graduated. All of this of course comes with a price, a fucking huge price; the cost would be around 50k +, and the idea of moving to a waaay bigger place where I don't know anyone isn't that engaging.
So there you have it. I haven't put any extremely deep thought into this and I'm still very young, so I definetly have some time to think about it. Anyway, I would be very grateful for any feedback. Additionally, here is my deviantART gallery so you can see who you're dealing with .
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I really don't think a BFA from Sask will do anything for you if you want to be a professional artist.
To give relevant advise on what your cousin's boyfriend is offering, we'd have to know what sort of set-up he has for his private school and his animation studio.
I understand there's a really strong program in Alberta (Edmonton, I think -- sorry, the name escapes me at the moment) and a number of decent alternatives in BC and Ontario, though all of them would pull you out of Regina. Simply put, there aren't many good opportunities for working artists outside of BC and Ontario.
Took a quick look at your DA gallery; you're pretty adept at copying photos, but you should be drawing from life and imagination far more to develop the skills and abilities you'd need as an animator or conceptual artist.