Hi everyone, I just joined conceptart.org and it's a pleasure to meet you all.
I have read "The reality of artschool" and I think it is excellent. But still, I wish to bring up the topic of artschool and hear some personal experience:
How important is an art school to a concept artist?
By how important, I mean the influence of school on the following aspect:
1. Technical/drawing skill
2. Career building, social networking
By an art school, I mean the institution plus all the human resources such as teacher, students, career counselor, etc. So if classmates can make a differece, shcool is important then.
By concept artist...my definition is someone who has highly developed rendering skills to visualize imagination and verbal concepts. But everyone here probably have their own definition.
I am an illustration student in Onatrio College of Art and Design now. My program has little to do with concept art and lacks training on technical aspects. I want to change my direction to concept art, so I figure maybe I need to change a school. But then I see a lot of oppinions from professionals such as "school doesn't matter, you need to work hard on yourself", " I learned everything myself, then I go to school", etc.
Now I am very doubtful about an art school's function. If I have to learn the most skills by myself, why would shcool be important then? If passion and determination are the major key of becoming a true concept artist, can a right school help me to be more determined and passionate?