My life feels empty because I don’t have these in my possession. :(
Object transformation assignment is now complete. I can hardly believe I finished in time after having to rehaul the thumbs and my pencil rough (three major changes on that). So many pieces of tracing paper used to get everything just right. There’s some things I would change but…over all I’m decently happy with it.
I learned how to draw mice thanks to this week.
So…I’m thinking about dropping out of school.
Which seems insane to me, I mean this is me, I freaking love school for the most part, the order, the structure the challenge of it. But this semester I seem to have biten off a bit more then I can chew easily. I know I could make it to the end of the semester and most likely pass it. My need to succeed would see to that. But I don’t think I would enjoy it all that much.
So I sat down and thought, really thought about it. I’m still not decided but there are several things that weigh in the favor of it. I mean a degree is worth something but…is it really in art? I’ve read so many blogs of artists who either didn’t go to school at all or went to a more traditional school and got a degree in something that isn’t art.
Clearly art school isn’t necessary in this modern world.
There’s so many online resources, countless books and videos, there’s communities and tutorials.
I think the only things one needs to become an a working illustrator now are
- Practice, Practice, Practice and some more Practice
I’ve started to think that school’s cons have swung to outweigh the pros really. I mean taking $9k a year in loans isn’t exactly ideal, I owe at least $27k right now and I’m not sure I want the number to go higher, I’m not sure its worth it at least. One of my friends dropped out of the AAU after this past spring citing that it was too expensive for what you got in return. And really, it is. $2k+ per class, not counting supplies, supplies that get really pretty costly and some of which I don’t use outside of particular classes.
And then there’s the ‘community’ of those classes, full of people who don’t seem to give a crap, a few who might, others who treat art school like its a joke or ‘easy’. I have come to honestly loath student critique’s as ‘helpers’ to move forward on a project. And professor’s don’t seem to take it seriously either. Which means my best feedback tends to come from artists friends I’ve made elsewhere. And that has gotten more and more frustrating over the past handful of semesters.
There’s also what one of the AAU’s classes taught me, Designing Careers; it made me look at what I need to do to be successful as an artist. All the self promotion, the networking and the like. That I should be involved in contests to get my name out there more; all the other little things that other artists are doing to build themselves up. Simple fact is that with how demanding some of the classes are and time intensive I can’t build my career and do school at the same time. Since I want to freelance though I have to wonder if I’m stunting my career by dedicating all my time to school.
The plain fact is that school is stressful and demanding and I’m not really getting to study things that I want to or would be doing as a illustrator. Or rather that I am, in some shape or form, but its confined, boxed in. Often restricted to mediums that I have no intention of using when I’m working professionally. (Yes, that’s a reference to my dislike of charcoal, though I have found that I love doing gesture drawings, particularly rhythm focused ones in charcoal).
I had a close friend drop from the AAU this past spring and she’s working great now, making money doing art and clearly starting up her career.
I know I can push myself to study outside of school, that I will seek out tutorials and workshops and local drawing classes. I’ll buy book after book to broaden my knowledge, I’ll travel, I’ll follow my passions and let them influence my art. Like Pyle and his students!
I’ll be spending three more years, at most - roughly, in school and then trying to get a job but I already know I want to get telecommuting/freelance work and not studio so the advantages AAU offers don’t really apply to me. Its really rare that online student work ever gets into the spring show, I saw that this last semester much to my frustration. And ‘senior’ year I’m suppose to do a collaborative project or a internship, both of which face major struggles with online school set up.
There’s also all the stupid stress with the loans, owing like $27k in student loans as mentioned before. And having to worry about staying a California resident or loosing most of my grant/scholarship money, which will likely happen honestly and there’s no way I can afford school outside of it. Or afford to move back to California with the cost of living there.
So yeah…I’m considering taking my learning into my own hands, I love reading and pouring over art books is wonderful. I will be setting up a studio space soon, why not mingle that into a library for learning as well? Being an artist is about living, experiencing life and letting it inspire you.
With the AAU lately I feel more chained to a desk/workspace churning out work that means nothing to me, inspires hardly at all and frustrates at the lack of feedback. To pay so much and get so little seems absurd. I realized looking at the degree breakdown I just about have my AA degree from them, so maybe I’ll stick it out for that or maybe I’ll just call it good now. Its frustrating to think that I only ‘almost’ have my AA degree considering I’ve been attending there since Spring of 2009. Seems like I should be further along.
Its still such a huge thing to think about…so we will see. No hasty decisions for sure.
Boring room…we were given a boring hotel room and told to transform it; this is the rough of my concept :) A courtesan’s room.
So this weeks project was to take our object from last week and stage it, showing that it is ‘owned’ by a eccentric, odd/not normal person. My ‘owner’ turned a brownie tray into a sail boat, complete with wafer pirates.
Both done in photoshop.
Straight line body construction. Talk about a challenge to draw only in straight lines the whole body. Good for seeing the structure beneath it.
Straight Line Head construction…I far prefer the second one. Meh, it seems to be getting there but not happy over all. Loath rendering in charcoal, I never seem to get it right.