Hiya, I'm an aspiring artist/animator. I'm 20, and have loved drawing from when I was small, it wasn't till I was 14 that I made a DeviantART account and started taking art a bit more seriously. Though I got stuck drawing in a certain cartoon style based of a well known cartoonist and because I enjoyed this fandom, style and I was getting more favorites, comments and pageviews because of it I continued drawing in this style for a couple of years ignorant of anatomy, drawing from life, originality. This was really the first time anyone had taken any notice of my art seriously, as before that I wasn't sure I even had a talent. Even my art teacher at school encouraged me to do this style and one of my exam pieces was done this way D= and I got a high grade.
Then I got lead into anime, which I dabbled in for a couple of years believing this was the art I wanted to do.
My high school art classes weren't the best in fact I can't even remember what we did messing around with glue and tissue paper. D=<
I did graphic art and games development in college both again not very good I mainly depended on my knowledge of Photoshop I already knew. @__@
It is only this past year I have realized that I have wasted time when I should have been learning anatomy, and being original. I'm 20 now and can't even put together a portfolio and I still have trouble drawing without references and I can't draw realistic and know nothing about colour theory and my digital art skills are very basic
I'm always putting myself in the 'BEGINNER' category and I'm fed up, I don't want to be a beginner anymore I was to start moving into more professional ground, and being able to have a portfolio and confidently show my work to clients and know I can apply for jobs
Sometimes I feel that I have been doing this too long, I read a thread on here saying 'am I too old to become professional?' but I feel maybe I've been doing this too long, it's like just because someone wants to be an actor, if they can't act they'll never get the job
But this is the industry I want to be in more than anything !!
Please can someone give me advice on how I can 'fast track' my progress, what I need to know, where to learn it, and how can I gain more confidence in my work? Find that motivation and push past the fear, and lack of direction! How can I make up for my crappy education?
Thanks for taking the time to read x
It would really help if you posted some art/started a Sketchbook thread so that we could actually see what your skill level is. Also it look like you take having a portfolio as something that means you're a professional, and I'd just say that portfolios and stuff like that aren't really that important in your situation. Concentrate on just improving your art, and start thinking about "I need to be able to have a portfolio" after that (I mean, it's not like you can't have a portfolio even now, it'll probably just look like crap).
Also, it's GOOD to draw with references. Generally people have trouble starting drawing with references, so though I understand what you mean, that'd you'd want to have skills and understanding to draw stuff without ref, don't put yourself down for using refs.
As for self-education, there's loads of books recommended: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=152626
Anyway, post some art.
First of all, I want to say that you are young ! You are just 20 and still a lot of time to learn and practice art seriously.
So don't be so anxious with that, there's people who start to learn painting and drawing at 40 or 50 and you know what even them are not too old for that. Because I truly think there's no age to be totally involved into art.
So now you want to learn quickly ? So go on, it's up to you ! Don't ask yourself too many questions, just DRAW !
Everyday and every night, don't stop: work your painting skills by painting objects in front of you. Work your color skills by doing one (or more) photograph studies of landscapes, nudes, etc, with phtoshop and without using the pipette.
Buy Color and Light by James Gurney, and listen carefully the Bobby Chiu's podcasts.
Learn form the old masters and try to understand why there paintings are so amazing.
Work the anatomy with books by Bridgman, Loomis or Hogarth. Also watch Glenn Vilppu's video.
Work every muscle group and try to place muscles over nude photograph or even your nude drawings.
Work your imagination by applying what you studied.
And finally I think you need to set a goal. It can be the job you want to do or the level of skills you wish to acquire. It will be your lighthouse and it will guide you to the success.
I apologize for my possible English mistakes, I'm in a hurry, but I hope you'll understand most of what I wrote.
So don't give up and put yourself seriously at work, you'll not regret it !
Last edited by OakKs; June 10th, 2012 at 11:50 AM.
I must admit I am getting tired of being reminded that I have one foot and a half in the grave. 20!!! I guarantee if you took a poll here the greatest percentage didn't even get seriously started until after 20. To expect to be professional (real pro not deviant pro) at 20 is just nuts. That would be the extreme exception not the rule.
You've gotten good advice above. Work your ass off and don't complain. Post work if you want help. Live, don't worry.
20.. your hardly even out the cradle lol..
am 27 and Just started to learn properly now.
you will have a long way before getting your foot in the door i would expect.
years of learning and even after you are in the door you will still be learning everyday there is no fast way...
Thank you all for taking the time to read and even more so to leave advice and comments, I really appreciate it.
@bcarman and @cdavidson I know it's bad right? That 20 is being perceived as 'old' but that's exactly how I've been made to feel as of lately. I get quite a lot of hassle from people because I took a year out of education after sixth form because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do >//< People putting a whole load of pressure D=
It really is quite annoying, but you assuring me that it isn't is really a load of my mind.
I WILL WORK MY ASS OFF
Thanks again x