Thank you a lot! Don't worry about the time you took to reply, I saw that your blag had became inactive and I guessed you were busy. Since I sent you this some things got better (i actually had proper medication) and I started drawing again, less than before but still enough to improve a little, but I was still anxious about school and your answer is very helpful. I get so many advice everyday from different people who dont know what they're talking about that I was confused. Thank you!
Hi. I’m 16. I live in a country where art schools are free but very hard to enter, you must be a very good artist already and a hard worker. I used to work harder than everyone else, to draw three hours a day and follow different art history classes, work in museums… I used to be fearless about entering art schools, because of my hard work, and everyone who noticed this told me that choosing my school wouldn’t even be an issue. i was happy, until this summer. I had to go through major leg surgery, recovery and rehab was supposed to last one month and I was ok with that, but the surgeon lied to me, and now I know that recovery is going to last one year and a half. Now, walking a few meters makes me dead tired and when I come home from school I can’t even draw because my legs hurt very badly. It’s been two months since I last drew something decent, and I must apply for art school… Next year. I’ve got such a short amount of time and my health is so bad that I can’t do anything. I’m scared and I don’t know what I can do because the only way to be good enough is drawing, and I can’t draw. Aspiring art students of my age who used to work less than me are going to be better than me by the end of the year. What can I do?
I’m so very sorry I didn’t reply to this sooner. I’ve been having trouble getting online for anything less serious than work, and I very much apologize if it seemed as though I ignored you.
It sounds as though you’re in a very tight spot right now, and first and foremost I want to tell you you have my sympathy and my good wishes, for what that’s worth. I know a little bit about being thrown unexpected curveballs that throw your whole life off track. It sounds as though you’re going through serious hardship right now, and I can only pray that your situation improves.
That said, here’s my advice—art schools tend to care more about improvement, aptitude, and willingness to learn than about your actual skill level upon entry. They don’t expect you to draw like a Master at your age, and if you were already advanced before your accident, then you likely have some decent work to show already. Another thing is that a strong portfolio—professional or scholastic—doesn’t need dozens of pieces. Having ten pieces of work from the last year or so that show both ability and progress will work, don’t try to produce twenty portfolio quality pieces in between now and your entry date. Also, if your art schools are anything like ours, your portfolio won’t be going alone. You’ll have the oppourtunity to write an essay or a cover letter or both to accompany it, and if those who are reviewing your work know of your hardships and dedication, they’ll be impressed.
So what that boils down to is—don’t fear. Believe in your own abilities and your work ethic and trust in others to recognize that in your work.
Hey, all. This is a comic I started on 24 Hour Comic Day, but I only managed to complete 12 pages on that day. That makes it a technical failure, but I decided it was worth finishing regardless of that.
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READ THIS NOW.
I get a lot of people who are shocked…shocked! that i have actually been at this game for over 10 years ( i graduated college in 2000, WHAT) . I have only been doing art as a full time gig for a fraction of that. I didnt jump in full time with a fan base already waiting for me. I worked day ( +night) jobs i hated, i made a lot of not so great artwork ( we all do) , charged way too little for my work and i fell into several “exposure for free work” traps. I hustled like you would not believe and havent stopped since. Success was never guaranteed and nobody told me how to make it work though i was lucky enough to meet some smart people who were rooting for me. It’s not something i did all on my own!
Please take advantage of this information….Spike speaks wisely!
I wish I knew how to hustle. And my accessibility is pretty much shot now.
It’s like my career died before it even had a chance.
Hi! I could say that I'm an aspiring artist, I like drawing, I love the art of having pencil on paper. Well, I want to improve at a faster rate and I've been trying to practice everyday during my school semester break. Thing is, my motivation only lasted for a few weeks. I've been known to be a procrastinator but this is an all time record for me. It's nearing the end of the break though but can you help me find a way on how to bring back motivation if this happens again next time? Thank you. :)
Hmmm. Well, generally for an artist motivation is equal to inspiration, although sometimes we can be (and I’m sure we’ll all admit it) too lazy to actually go and get the tools to do the work. So perhaps you can solve this by having a sketchbook handy? If you run out of inspiration, on the other hand, there are a few things you can do….
Take a walk
Watch a show you enjoy
Look at others’ art
Listen to new music
Talk to a friend
Hopefully some of this helps, if I missed the mark please let me know so I can try again!
Hey guys. Maybe you shouldn’t be complaining that the Bee and Puppycat kickstarter is asking for so much money.
Maybe you should be complaining that other animation kickstarters are asking for so little. Iddaknow about you, but I like knowing that people making things I enjoy are making comfortable amounts of money producing things I like as opposed to getting minimum wage or less for incredible work they’re putting out.
Stop contributing to the problem of why artists get paid so little.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT LET YOUR BLACK CATS OUTSIDE AROUND OR ON HALLOWEEN BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME SCARY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO KILL/DO CULT THINGS WITH BLACK CATS ON HALLOWEEN!! actually, just keep your pets inside on halloween, it’s a fun holiday but there are some god awful people out there!
ALSO REMEMBER! if you work at an animal shelter or a pet store, don’t sell black cats around or on halloween for the same reason! keep your cute kitty cats safe! this has been a kitty psa
Just keep your cats of any colour inside on Halloween. It’s not a good night to be a kitty.