View Full Version : The Next-Gen Atelier Sign-in and Hang-out Thread
March 20th, 2010, 01:03 AM
. Check in, talk with Carl Dobsky, TAD instructors or just say hello to each other.
This is not mandatory...just a way for those of you who want an SF info area to connect. Also a way for non-POD folks to get to know the students who are in the Atelier. Looking forward to it!
art by Carl Dobsky
March 20th, 2010, 01:44 PM
I'll start the ball rolling with an intro.
My name's Simon Boxer. I'm enrolled in the Entertainment Art stream, and am down for the SF POD. I'm almost 25 and have always lived in Perth. I love this city but it's frustratingly backwards when it comes to things like digital art and game development. After highschool I studied Graphic Design for employability but graduated with no interest in actually being a fulltime Graphic Designer. My art skills will surely be weaker than some others enrolled but I have a wide range of experience, paired with passion and initiative.
Like a lot of other artists here I've had no formal training in fine arts and am really excited about this opportunity!!
I look forward to meeting everyone at the workshop/POD. :yayca:
March 21st, 2010, 09:14 AM
I'm going to SF POD, just working on my vista
My name is Guilherme and i'm from Brazil, i'm graduated as graphic designer and currently working on a animation studio. I want to dedicate 100% to TAD, thats why i think that going to a POD is the best choice.
I'll do my best to get my career to another level and make some good friends.
March 22nd, 2010, 12:48 PM
Hello to everyone who has already spoken up, and to those yet to do so.
My name is Chris Wilhelm, I am 30 yrs old, and a freelance concept artist and illustrator from Chicago. I have a BFA in Media Art & Animation and some professional experience under my belt. However, I feel a great need for additional art tutelage, as that has been sorely lacking in the past. I will be attending the drawing & painting major, but intend to take electives that will further my career goals in the entertainment industry.
I am relocating to the San Francisco area to attend the POD there. I want to dedicate 100% of my time to the bettering of my art and career, and feel the best way to do this is by attending the studio located near the industry I am most interested in. I intend to work to pay my way through this program, which means arting day and night, but with any luck, the rewards will outweigh the effort.
Happy arting and the most fruiful growth to everyone! I look forward to seeing you all in person come June.
March 30th, 2010, 08:44 AM
Here I am
I'm Marco Sano
I'm 28, Italian, but born in California, therefore i am lucky enough to avoid any visa issues as i am legaly American..(still having helath insurance issues though).
I currently hav a full time job as a character modeler and texture painter, i'll have to loose it because of the TAD enrollment, but if time will allow, i'll try to be doing some freelancing in the spare time.
I'll be attending the SF POD, it seems as there will be two PODs actually, but i think i'll be in the one run by Carl Dobsky.
I am determined to spend around 10 and possibly 12 hours a day at the POD, i'm quite a beginner so i'll have to struggle keeping up the pace with you guys...
My main concerns and worries at the moment are all related to the city itself.
SF is expensive, i'd like to find and share an inexpensive apartment with other TAD students the closest possible distance to the POD, but besides what the web has to offer in terms of infos, i'm not very well aware of safety risks and transport efficency (a car is totally out of budget).
If a choice will have to be made, i'll be choosing lower price and further distance..money is an issue.. a HUGE one actually.
Besides craiglist, which all know about i think, i found this link to be helpfull
So here come the questions:
Anyone interested in apartment sharing?
Anyone willing to share precious infos hints and tips on SF, apartments, where to search where not, and anytihng related to student relocation.?? Maybe a POD leader or TAD faculty member who knows the area willing to help?
Can you post the two SF POD addresses? and pictures maybe??
Thanks a lot everyone.
March 31st, 2010, 03:35 AM
Hey, that's an interesting guide... Heh, I was looking at Mission District in my earlier research (and for a grant proposal). I didn't realise it was a latino area. ha
I heard it's pretty 'arty' though.
I'll also be doing the public transport thing, and will need to find a share apartment. I have a few contacts in San Fran though so may hook up through them... Uncertain at this point. I probably won't look too hard for apartments in advance - I'd wanna look at them first.
I also want to prioritise proximity to the POD (or transport) with a low cost, but I'm not looking for the cheapest possible thing.
March 31st, 2010, 03:46 AM
I used to have a contact in SF too, but he moved..
Anyhow, i've never rented an apartment without looking at it, a good choice could be to find a temporary weekly rental first, getting to SF a few weeks before the TAD and start looking.
I'm not for the cheapest thing either, but SF transports seem to have a good fame of efficency for USA standards, or so i've read, that's why i thought of giving priority to further distance and lower price..being in walking distance would be great but the SOMA area, where the POD seems to be, according to craiglist prices, its really too on the pricey side for my pockets.
Right now the only thing i'm sure of is that i'll need to share, all the rest is in doubt..
March 31st, 2010, 03:51 PM
I thought I would spring on here and point out that a bicycle is a very cheap form of transportation (free! not even public trans can beat that!) and gives you a good commuting method for anything under 20miles away.
Not to mention it's very good for you.
I know 20 miles seems like a large number, but once you get into it as a routine, it doesn't seem so bad at all.
The summer before last I was on a job 23 miles away. I had a nearly 50 mile bike ride built into my daily routine automatically. It was the most awesome thing. My girl worked close to the same place, and we'd ride together every day. A lot of people would ask me "aren't you too tired to work then?". Heck no! In truth, it invigorates you and gets you going better than any cup of coffee. And unless you're REALLY pushing for speed or to work out ( I would do that on the way home) you don't really build up a stinky sweat or anything. I would just change out of my shorts and such once I got to my work location. I highly recommend it.
I'm sure many have thought of this already, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. I myself intend to travel by bicycle for just about everything once I hit SF (a city which, BTW, is known for being a bicycle friendly location, from what I understand). It's a lot more doable than most people realize.
March 31st, 2010, 09:10 PM
^Ah yea, good plan. Forgot about the biking.
Here's some of a local friend's input:
"Mission or Sunset are the areas to look for housing for sure... cheapest in the city and young happening places to be. Personally I like the Mission better... so get yourself a tight pair of black pants, a fixed gear, and some pages of Kerouac and you'll do just fine... knowing some Spanish helps too.
San Fran is the second most expensive city in the US to live in... but it is possible to do it cheap thanks to all the schools around here. Find a place with a good kitchen and eat in as much as possible. Eating out/bars and clubs are the catch-22 here... Amazing food... and I mean AMAZING... but very expensive... about $15-45 a meal/drinks. The city has great markets that are very cheap to make your own meals. Eating local is big here and thank god for California's year round growing season.
Public transportation can be expensive if you ride the BART, averages about $7 a day... The Muni is $2 for 2 hours or $55 unlimited rides a month... Muni can get you most anywhere in the city. I also suggest getting a bike while you're here... the whole peninsula is only 7 miles across so it's easy to ride most anywhere in the city as long as you have good breaks."
April 1st, 2010, 12:06 PM
Now that's some handy info! Thank you much Cognition. And thank your contact too. We were struggling to try to figure out where we might look for inexpensive housing and such.
April 6th, 2010, 08:30 AM
Hi guys. Just to reiterate what was posted in the other thread: please feel free to PM me or any of the other students with questions about the school and we'll try to answer them to the best of our ability. Most of us don't check these threads very frequently, but we're more likely to get back to you if it shows up in our PM box. Carl is preparing for a big show at the moment, so he might be a bit scarce for the next 2 - 3 weeks.
My advice is:
-Check craigslist for room shares if you want cheap housing. A studio in the city near the school is going to cost you upwards of $1,000/month. You can find super cheap housing if you are willing to share a room in Chinatown with an old asian man who looks at noodle porn and watches you while you sleep.
-Buy a bike. It's worth the money you'll save by not having to rent within walking distance and not having to ride the BART.
-The Mission is actually pretty fucking sweet. In the words of sourgasm, you can get a burrito the size of your torso for like $1. If that isn't reason enough to live there, I don't know what is.
The current atelier is located on 8th St and Folsom.
April 6th, 2010, 09:06 AM
i've read pretty much everywhere The Mission is the most balanced neighbourhood, both in regards of price and safety.
A room for around 500$ seems possible in that part of the city, and it looks decently close to Soma.
Hope to find other TAD students willing to share..I'm an Italian foreigner fu**ing scared of the American Big city..
I'll pm you if specific questions come to mind.
April 6th, 2010, 12:40 PM
A burrito the size of your torso....
I like SF already.
On a side note, it seems I'm going to be joining the new Berkeley POD location under Andrew Jones. Anyone else here going to that POD? Or will that be separated into another thread, since it *technically* isn't THE San Fran POD/ NG Atelier?
April 6th, 2010, 03:38 PM
Hey Chris, I'm highly considering between Austin and Berkeley at the moment, so you might not be alone there. It all depends on how things roll out with my friend, who's moving to SF soon.
Hi Carmen! Hope SF is treating you well. Arizona's been booooriiiing.
i hate art
April 9th, 2010, 01:34 AM
You can find super cheap housing if you are willing to share a room in Chinatown with an old asian man who looks at noodle porn and watches you while you sleep.
soup porn, not noodle porn. the man is not some sort of deviant.
April 13th, 2010, 07:51 AM
Hi there, 26 old graphical design student from finland. Got acepted into entertaiment A an i would like to work as a concept artist rather than graphical designer for commercials so there you go, i really can't wait for june 14, ill say you hi on workshop.
May 11th, 2010, 07:56 AM
Just found out i'll be in Berkley, not Sf..hope to see a Berkely POD thread with pics address and everything soon.
May 11th, 2010, 11:06 AM
I'll be seeing you there Marcodoom. Here's to the Berkeley POD being the greatest studio in the history of mankind, ever! :lifedrawing:
May 11th, 2010, 11:26 AM
Let's make it happen! +1 for the Berkeley POD.
I thought I was gonna be in the SF POD so all my research was based around that area, but I've just got some more information from a SF contact (who actually lives in Berkeley) and just at a glimpse I'm pretty excited:
"SF vs. Berkeley
1. I love San Fran, it's hands down my favorite city in the US, it's beautiful, and charming
2. but I love living in Berkeley more, it's progressive, intelligent, and just doesn't give a damn (the way that SF does), it has the most macarthur genius grant winners per capita in the world!... and no one cares what you wear or how you look
3. housing is relatively the same cost in both cities but you get way more space in Berkeley for the money
4. regardless of where you live in the bay area, it's pretty easy to get around and really experience each city (when you combine the three largest cities, SF, Oakland, and Berkeley, throw in all of the suburbs... it's still not as big as NYC or LA)
So don't let the Berkeley title scare you, you can still experience all that is San Fran and come home at night to a cleaner, healthier, more laid back city.
5. Speaking of Oakland (Note: I'm bias because I lived there first) ... we haven't properly talked about Oakland!... living in Berkeley and therefore the East Bay you will have a connection to Oakland which you wouldn't get living in SF. Most people from SF are afraid of Oakland and therefore avoid it (it got a bad rap in the 90's)... thus leaving concerts not sold out, restaurants not over crowded, and my favorite Chinatown in the whole Bay Area without any tourists (I'm regularly the only white girl walking down the street when I'm there).
6. Food! I almost forgot food!! - food is cheaper and (in my opinion) better in Berkeley and the East Bay!! North Berkeley is called the Gourmet Getto... really good, really cheap food. It's the birth place of the slow foods movement. Best place in the whole Bay to get Pakistani, Malaysian, and Thai Food. Oakland has the best Vegan Soul Food. And great tea houses. But if you love coffee... you need to go to North Beach in the city. And if you're cooking for yourself, the markets in Berkeley are famous!!
7. Only major advantage of SF that I can really think of is just the fact that it's SF... it really is a fantastic city!!"
As far as the city goes it sounds good to me!
I look forward to seeing the POD location announced
May 12th, 2010, 03:59 AM
I'll be seeing you there Marcodoom. Here's to the Berkeley POD being the greatest studio in the history of mankind, ever! :lifedrawing:
I'll see you in Berkeley Chris!
Cognition, thanks for sharing all these infos! and..did you solve the visa issues?
Can't wait for the announcement, i wanted to open a thread but i guess it's Mr Manley's task to do it..
It's the only POD without infos..what i am most curious of is who is going to be teaching-helping out at the POD besides Mr Jones, and how many times a week life drawing is going to be held.
May 12th, 2010, 06:17 AM
Kinda... I've got a 6 month visa to start with so will probably be alternating between at a POD and online study... I'll see how everything goes.
I believe Jason Felix is also helping out with the Berkeley POD, I don't know who else.
May 25th, 2010, 04:11 PM
hmmm, I'm in the Next Gen Atelier/ SF pod right now and heard there were six more people coming in, but it sounds like you're all going to Berkely now? I'm a bit confused. So welcome to anyone coming to SF, it's awesome :). Dobsky is the man.
May 25th, 2010, 09:49 PM
I'm also curious, but Berkeley suits me fine. We're gonna have to meet up with your crew at some point :)
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