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    Too late to start?

    Hey all, nice to join this site. Might as well tell you my small back story. I'm 24 years old, and a IT grad/Bartender. Art was one of those things that I always wanted to become really good at, but I never seemed to get it right. To put it bluntly, I personally believe I have the statistical skills of a 7 year old.

    A long story short, I was pretty much discouraged for awhile to try to pursue working on my skills. Though I am getting the basics down, I still have a long, long way to go.

    My question is, am I a day late and a dollar short? Or can I still develop and actually one day become professional?

    Anyways, feel free to link any guides and tutorials, I'll be scanning through the forums to gather all the info I can due to the fact I'm an info .

    Peace out!

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    Hey HD_Decker,

    I personally have been where you are and I can tell you that it can be done. I didn't start drawing until I was 25 and working as Internet Tech Support. My family pretty much told me that "I can do art as a hobby". It's taken me 6 years to get to the level that got me a job with a game developer doing concept art full time.

    When I tell people that I started drawing at 25, they say "bullshit". But it's the truth. Yes, I would doodle and sketch but I didn't have the knowledge or the skills to get my ideas across. I could copy a Disney character but I couldn't paint or even be able to draw the same thing twice.

    What you need is a little knowledge and a lot of practice. Keep doing your day job and take every spare cent and invest it in books and dvds and practice your ass off. If you play WoW, cancel it. Take every free minute to practice.

    Some people would say, "just draw from life", for me that didn't work. I needed the knowledge from books and dvds and then to apply it to drawing from life to get things to click. It's not going to happen tomorrow or it might not happen in 6 years but for me, I'm 32 now and officially have my first year in the game industry. You can do anything if you work hard!

    good luck!

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    Thx Roger, that pretty much tells me that it can be done. For some reason, I also have a hard time drawing from life as well (must be a thing with us techs ). Anyways, I've seen a bunch of tutorials that have helped as well. I'll defiantly be keeping up at it now.


    BTW, I laughed when you mentioned WoW, I actually quit awhile back due to how much time it consumed.

    Anyways, thanks for telling me your story, now I at least know that it CAN be done.

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    For a killer round of inspo check out MindCandyMan's sketchbook thread, it's what I go to when I'm feeling down on myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzie View Post
    For a killer round of inspo check out MindCandyMan's sketchbook thread, it's what I go to when I'm feeling down on myself.
    I took a good look at his journey sketchbook, and damn that was impressive, much thanks for that info!

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    Man, Im 23 and I'm pretty much in your situation and feels good to know I'm not alone in this struggle. Roger, your story was exactly what I needed to hear to get motivated and keep pushing forward. Let's keep improving our skills to achieve our dreams

    (Sorry for my english - I'm from Portugal)

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    You can do eet!! I started when I was 24 (to make some pictures of my MMO character while waiting for a new patch to come out). At first it was just now and then, but slowly got more serious about it (was still in school for accounting, so wasn't really "practical" to do art).

    I been drawing for 2 years now and just moved out to take classes at gnomon. I don't think it's too late. Sure I am "behind" a lot of artists my age, but it just means I have to work harder.

    The way I figure it, you have the rest of your life to think about. Wouldn't you rather spend that time doing what you love? What you think is FUN and would make you happy to go to work to do? I think it's worth "starting over" and going after...as long as you are serious about it and really are ready to put in the effort and don't let small bumps in the road make you give up.

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    Never too late, better late then never. Check this thread out:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=870


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    Damn, didn't see you posting about it, Izzie.

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    Make a sketchbook thread, HD_Decker. Commit to doing studies and updating it, take in people's advice, search CA high and low for all kinds of information... you'll get there.

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    Dead is too late to start - but if rigor mortis hasn't set in yet, I'd say go for it - the longer you sit around dithering, the older you get


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    Quote Originally Posted by LORD M View Post
    Never too late, better late then never. Check this thread out:

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=870


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    Damn, didn't see you posting about it, Izzie.
    HOLY SSSSHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIII.....................!!!!

    I'm 31 and just getting serious. If you're too old I'm screwed.

    The advantage of starting now and not being able to draw is you can learn properly from the get go instead of developing bad habits you have to break.

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    To quote an old SVA subway poster:
    "At 35, Paul Gauguin worked in a bank. It is never too late."


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    I'm not sure if this belongs in this thread, but I'm in a similar position, except I have no job at the moment. I'm 21, I have an animation diploma, studied graphic design also but just stopped because it isn't what I want to do. Realistically speaking I don't believe I have much to show from either.

    I want to dedicate my spare time studying art but of course need something to support myself for 6 years or however it takes to be at a professional level while I do so. Is this a no-brainer? Should I just bartend or something?

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    If you really want it, it should be no question at all. Taking risks is what leads to rewards, but realisticly , you'll need a job while trying to get good at art. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrimRabbit View Post
    I'm not sure if this belongs in this thread, but I'm in a similar position, except I have no job at the moment. I'm 21, I have an animation diploma, studied graphic design also but just stopped because it isn't what I want to do. Realistically speaking I don't believe I have much to show from either.

    I want to dedicate my spare time studying art but of course need something to support myself for 6 years or however it takes to be at a professional level while I do so. Is this a no-brainer? Should I just bartend or something?
    I think the key to training yourself is all about making choices. Do you go out Friday night or stay in and draw? And what do you draw? Some nights it's from imagination and other nights it's studying the muscles of the arm.

    Find any job that will allow you to support your goals. If you are like me, by the time you are 25 you will have had several jobs. And if it has stress find a different job. No amount of money is worth the toll stress does on your body and mind.

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    hey well im just slightly younger than you but pretty much in the same situation many artists started 'late' (20 something) and they're all friggin awesome now.

    i decided to pick up art last year, but had to finish up my law degree first...yea i'm ditching law for art! O__O but art is so much more inspiring and interesting to me..so yeah. i'm gonna fuckin do it man.

    gonna work hard and draw every day.

    oh took a look at DirtyC , bumskee, algenpfleger (although the stupidly fast rate of improvement algenpfleger had is a bit of a put off sometimes ), and some other artists around CA.. you'll be amazed at how people can improve in a few years!

    good luck dude!

    [edit] forgot to mention tha dirtyC i think started aruond 25..or 27 or something. bumskee around the same, 24 or wahtver. and now they're INSANEEEeee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RogerAdams View Post
    I think the key to training yourself is all about making choices. Do you go out Friday night or stay in and draw? And what do you draw? Some nights it's from imagination and other nights it's studying the muscles of the arm.

    Find any job that will allow you to support your goals. If you are like me, by the time you are 25 you will have had several jobs. And if it has stress find a different job. No amount of money is worth the toll stress does on your body and mind.
    Thanks that makes complete sense. The only problem for me is figuring out what jobs would be the least stressful.

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    GrimRabbit, you got me out of my lurking mode...

    For the job, if you can... find something that can give you "free time", like security at night or something. That way, you can sketch at your job

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    Decker !
    it's nowhere near too late for you to start. honestly, that fear of it being too late, of thinking you wont be good enough in time to make a life out of drawing, it just steals more time off you. you're young, put loads of effort in and you could be coming out with cool images very soon.

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    Hey.
    Im coming to my 27s and Im starting to litoff.

    Sketchbook is one click away:
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    Is there prejudice against older people being hired in the industry? Such as: "Kick ass portfolio but too old, sorry." Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonor View Post
    Is there prejudice against older people being hired in the industry? Such as: "Kick ass portfolio but too old, sorry." Just curious.
    Yes there is a limit to how old you can be, no one wants to hire someone who looks like there dad, plus everyone knows that younger people are WAY better at motor skills and creativity, and it withers with age, and age 30 is the cut off after that if your not already a pro you have no chance of ever being able to draw/what ever you want to do.
    Plus after 30 your portfolio is never as kick ass as it could be.


    Lol jsut kiding there is no age, but you might feel that way because there are are so many young people that are so good at drawing that it seems like you would be to old.There is no age limit so if you want to do it go and do it NOW don't let that little fear control what you want to do, if you want it bad enough you can get what you want and then some

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    Sure you can do it. It all depends now on if you put in the hard work needed to get better

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    Hypothetical situation -

    How cool would it be if you`re 60 and working as a CA with a bunch of kids? And every one of them goes "Man, when I`m old, I want to be a cool old geezer just like him!" And, I don`t know about you, but I`d constantly shake my fist and go "ah, you youngsters, in my days...! When I was young...! Kids nowadays...! Respect your elders!" Oh, and a must have - "Kids, be careful which plug you pull out around me, K?"



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    Unless you're on your deathbed and with your last breath you were like, "OH CRAP! I FORGOT TO GET INTO ART!" it's never too late. ;P

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    Quote Originally Posted by enydimon View Post
    unless you're on your deathbed and with your last breath you were like, "oh crap! I forgot to get into art!" it's never too late. ;p


    "Oh crap! I forgot to get into art! Quick, bring me a penc..."

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    Red face Never too late to start

    You are 24 years young and you are worried if it's too late to start drawing? Wow! I'm 45 years old and hadn't been drawing since High School (decades ago), but it wasn't too late for me. I only struggle with starting a drawing. Once I have the basic proportion and measurements of objects, which is really the most time consuming for me, personally, the rest is fairly easy, as long as you really pay attention to every detail you see. Check out art-related books at your local library as well as online resources, especially YouTube for help.

    Best of luck. :-)

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    Is it too late?

    ...yes. To start upon a thankless journey, that will be painful, embarrassing, fraught with anguish, despair, self-doubt, and moments where you question your very existence?

    ...yes. You are too late.

    Because if you haven't been doing that before taking up the pencil or brush, wacom or pen, then you are too late.

    Let me help you along. YOU SUCK!

    Now, you can begin.



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    I started taking art seriously 2 years ago.

    I have been (officially) working in the industry as a Concept Artist for video games since April this year.

    I turn 34yo in 2 weeks.

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    A German saying goes like this: "It's never too late". Pure an simple.

    Although I did draw comics roughly 10 years ago, I did do nothing the last 6 years and now start to paint digitally. I would never bother to think if it is too late for me and I'm turning 36 early next year.

    On another note: Isn't fun to draw and paint? That's all that counts. Oh and at least for me it is always fun to learn what makes fun.

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