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Yeah they told me about the new dorms when i visited sounds awesome although the dorms i saw in the main building were not bad at all! Maybe the lounge being next to the rooms will be a little loud---hard to sleep at night haha.
Hey did anyone write their essay for the application?250 word minimum is WAAAAY too little to understand a student. I mean all we can pretty much say is "yes (2 sentences) no (2 sentences) thank you (no period or it reaches the limit) " but obviously they receive a lot of applicants so it makes sense.
I picked number 4 although its probably likely to change by Sept 1st, i already wrote it but I'm in the 320 region after cutting half of it down I'd be curious to see some accepted examples although they dont play such a crucial role and i wouldn't want to be influenced by it. So hahah never mind...sorta...
What i do know is that maya's interface is very hard to get used to in the beginning but that is pretty much what you should expect when using 3d applications, which is why there are so many keyboard shortcuts, but yeah, blender is a very good choice if you are just trying to get a feel of what the development of 3d project is like. Blender is open source so its free and there is a huge community of people constantly releasing new content for it, and there are new versions available every few months. It is also compared to lightwave 3d a lot because of its interface, which is pretty nice and easy to use. also, blender has a game engine and there are a lot of tutorials online to help you get started. i have a game im working on actually called "Mercenary's Quest" you can check it out on youtube if you want, just to see what type of quality can be created with blender.
basically, if you are interested in 3d modeling, animation, game development but you cant afford mainstream software, o you dont wanna deal with the big ass watermark that is printed on all of your renders then download blender
nice sketchbook, ilove your figure drawings.
i have a question tho, i live in the detroit area, and i have access to the D.I.A and im wondering if it would be a good idea to sketch sculptures there since i have no naked models to work with
On the subject of learning 3d before applying to Ringling's Computer Animation Major.
Before I considered Ringling I had gone to a very intensive year long 3d certificate program and actually studied under a Ringling Grad (that's where I found out about the school). So when I visited I was told by the admissions guy, Eric Kaster to forget everything I learned in maya because the 3d instructors have a very specific way of teaching and don't want students to develop bad habits. He also went as far as to tell me to not mention in my application any former 3d training, as it wont really help my chances of getting into the program.
On the other hand he did say if you have exceptional 3d skills to include them in your portfolio, and I am talking really awesome stuff. Other than that use the energy and time you would use for learning Maya/Blender etc. to work on beefing up your traditional art skills.
thanks, thats exactly was i was thinking too. do you have any input on my museum sculpture sketching idea? im guessing that would be a life drawing since it is real life, but im not exactly sure. also, would it be a good idea to throw in a few 3d renders that ive done just to show that i already have some understanding of 3d workflow at a young age
Drawing from a sculpture can be very valuable and could make for some good portfolio pieces, but still keep your eye out for any figure drawing classes/groups, you don't want to dominate your portfolio with only statue studies. Craigslist can be a good resource for this, also many local art schools/ community colleges, and even some art galleries will have a weekly figure sesh. You can also sketch your family, friends, or hide in your car on a crowded street and draw strangers that pass by.
As for 3d renders I would honestly stray away from them, just from what I have heard, but if your really confident with them, maybe take them to a national portfolio day first, if there is a good response id say go for it.
And VotreMedia, I've tried all the programs I've mentioned, and found Blender the most difficult. Though like I said, the difference isn't huge.
I feel like I've found a good balance by learning just the Maya interface. I haven't done any real projects in Maya, but I have gone through the lessons it provides. That way I wont be totally in the dark with 3D software, and can hit the ground running when we move into it.
Patience is a virtue, but who wants to be virtuous?
@votreMEDIA- Thank you! X3
Hmmm that's not a bad idea =D! But I think you'd be better off drawing friends or family, even quick sketches of pets help. However, if you don't have anyone who will sit for you then the statues are a great idea You could get some very nice finished pieces out of it.
Kedrew, i know what you mean, i remember the first time i opened blender for the first time and was overwhelmed, i didnt touch it again for like 3 months, i was more interested in 2d animation back then, but once you really get inspired you can learn a lot. There are so many tutorials out there and forums just like CA to help you out
thanks for the input copperfire, also, did you get any scholarships from your portfolio, im really trying to get some scholarships cuz my parents dont want me to go to art school and are threatening to not help me fund my education if i choose to go to one...
well i know that they get paid a lot, im just wondering because my dad is telling me that he wont pay for my college if i go to an art school...and i dont mind have debt for a little while, i just want to have some of that load taken off
Aw Votre, your situation is tough. But with determination anything is possible, so don't give up your dream!
May I suggest checking out websites like Fastweb? There are a couple different websites like that which have scholarship search engines. Also, you could meet with an academic counselor if you're still in High School.. I'm sure they could help some too!
And to answer your question, a couple of conceptart people last year got a couple thousand a year scholarships. Can't remember if copperfire was one.
I have a friend with a similar problem, but as long as it's what you really want to do, then you can overcome any future debt. (that's what I keep telling myself)
VotreMedia, i can kind of relate to you. My parents don't want me to be a "starving artist" either. But really, how much is the average animator salary starting? (40kish?) That sounds not too bad.
Oh, and I know there is only one presidential scholarship for CA but cant you get smaller scholarships? is it also based on portfolio review?
i actually just signed up for it, i see a few things i would qualify for. the last art contest that i did was the National auto show and i ended up getting 3rd place, but i only got 100 dollars. i really need something up in the 10k range to make an impact.
Last edited by Onceuponastar**; August 29th, 2008 at 01:28 AM.
Also, good news; if I read the press release correctly, Ringling will be offering twice as much scholarship money this year as last.
Im so glad my parents support me haha im sorry its just such a weird idea to me, its like a fascist regime in your house. Seriously no parent should force their child to believe/study what they dont want to study. My parents never forced me to adopt a religion, if i ever wanted to like my brother did they fully support his choice. They also fully support that i want to do CA (well i told them the first time when i was in like 2nd grade, then told them i wanted to go to ringling in 6th grade haha) so maybe you have to show your dad you are serious about it. A job you dont enjoy, no matter how much it pays, will in the end make you miserable. Its such a weird idea to me haha i offered my dad i take a loan so my brother wouldnt have problems going to the US aswell (he starts a year after i graduate) but he absolutely refuses. So I'm going there with them paying for it, ill work for a year after i graduate and partly pay for my brothers university. Then he'll pay my parents back. So yeah, why dont you have a man to man conversation with your dad and offer to pay HIM back everything for the university rather than getting a loan which will be harder to pay.
Aww, if only this were a perfect world. Perhaps then we wouldn't have such troubles. I hope a solution presents itself to you votreMEDIA. I don't think anything I could say would help, so just know I'm hoping for the best.
yeah seconded. Hey has anyone here actually FINISHED their portfolio? when do you think youre applying? I'm thinking November or so...
Not even close to finished with mine. I am gonna keep trying to "knock out" the pieces I think are my best work with better ones up until like late December. Then I'll call Ringling and make sure they got it like every day haha.
i kinda had mine done but it was mostly graphic design stuff because that is my second option. i think i will just keep drawing from life and eventually post something up here. also, i wanna thank everyone who is trying to give me advice.