Right, I wont give an epic story of my situation, but briefly:
1. Just graduated with a BA in Philosophy, I'm 22.
2. My heart is set on concept art, which is at the head of other related creative interests.
3. I am a decent traditional sketcher and drawer, and have been drawing all my life, throughout all my studies, and know the basics. All I have are these basic skills and a wealth of ideas.
1. What are the first steps I need to take towards this goal? The first step seems to be the hardest. I have no portfolio, just collections of random drawings.
2. I'm not trained in any kind of digital art, but I certainly feel this would be make more employable. I definitely want to learn these skills. Would I need to take a formal course on this or could self-teaching be possible?
3. I am willing to undertake some formal course(s) to get the skills I need and the networking that is ever crucial to success, but what kind of course would be suitable for someone like me - a graduate without an art related degree? And time - a couple of weeks? A year? A couple of years? Do I just sit down and slog it out at home? I have a belief that I can teach myself all I need to know through observation, books and the internet - but is this realistic?
I have read the thread by Jason Manley concerning art schools and it gave me some hope that I wouldn't need to do another full degree in an art subject. What I am not clear is on what are the steps if one doesn't do this a full degree?
Forgive me for any obvious questions I may have asked