Edit: Edited to tone down the dramatic nature of the OP.
Last edited by Featheredface; November 23rd, 2011 at 08:12 AM.
Dude, you're in your senior year of high school?
Chill out. Relaaaax. Trust me when I say it's not the end of the world. I went to community college for a few years to find myself. To experiment with art classes, different opinions and walks of life. Tried my hand at every little thing because classes are so cheap there - computer repair, engineering drafting. Had a few hiccups on the way
And in particular my art school (I applied at 22) judges based both on your ability to draw and to learn new things as well as your attitude and willingness to learn. YMMV
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Dudette...yeah...deep breaths....most "art schools" care more about your pocketbook than your portfolio...at least as far as getting in...then they care a whole lot about how good you are when you graduate though.
But yeah, don't stress about it so much and build up too much expectation and baggage around it...try to relax and go with the flow more. Not to say that you shouldn't be following other's advice...but just try to see it with more positive energy... and maybe ask them to help you develop better study/drawing habits.
So don't stress about "everything in your future." There's just no way to predict what opportunities will come, what you'll end up enjoying, what you want to do. You've got about 80 years left, more if science picks up the pace. Now I'm not saying "don't do anything", but just...calm down a bit.
Chillax. I am currently in one of the art institutes. Mostly it determines what field you are going into. Since i'm going into a game art/ animation field- i'll be doing a hell of a lot of drawing. So it all depends on your field. But you should draw a lot. Practice does make perfect. And also, there are ALWAYS options. Dont o thinking art is your only niche. Through the school im also learning I like the audio aspect so you never know what you'll find out if you try and learn as much as you can.
Save your money. Find a private atelier. Just lock yourself in your room and paint for 4 years - you'll most likely learn more, and save soooo much money. Tell your parents that art degrees are only good for teaching. Otherwise, you may as well make confetti out of it.
It really depends where you look. At some point, most good art schools will want you to become skilled, but some are set up where you can enter as a beginner. It will be hard and long, but they can train you too.
Damn, too late for your panic attack post.
Remember to prioritize your goals, the long-term, medium-term, and short-term goals. Secondly, don't tell your goals to anybody, keep them to yourself because the reasoning is that the more you tell, the less your willing to do since you might think you've already conquered those goals.
Thank you everyone. My first question(s) have been answered, but. I have another one now.
And I hope I don't star a heated debate, as I know this is a controversial topic but;
Is Art school essential to an artist looking to get into the business? Or is it mainly just good for the social aspect of connecting with people you share interests with and getting connections and a foothold in the business? Or is it a complete waste of time to someone already studying. And also, improving, even if only by year or so?
'Cuz I know art schools can't teach creativity or passion, that's something you develop on your own.
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Ellwell pretty much directed me towards every answer ever. So, I'm just gonna close this thread a it has no more use.