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    Is it too late?

    I am seventeen years old, crazy for computer games and I want to master the arts of becoming a grandmaster in concept arts!

    I lack knowledge of men's physics and that's why many things I draw look like shit, especially on PS because I also just know the basics!
    I think that I am damaged by Comics and Mangas and that I should've learned first how to paint classical arts and then try to become concept artist.

    Everything I've created with Photoshop so far is this: http://laurenzhorizon.daportfolio.com/

    I am mostly afraid of not being capable to become as good as people like Jason Chan/ Nox or Chris Metzen because it's simply too late for me!

    I am interested in how you feel about this and if you had the same problems as I have.

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    No, it's never too late
    Pick up some anatomy books and do some studies-read the helpful posts in these forums(there is a ton of great info in the sticky threads in the various forums here), and there are lots of free tutorials online and great info that can help you!

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    Perfect timing. Start working hard now, when you're 23 you'll be in a good position.

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    You're worried that 17 is too late to start?

    For the love of God, come on.

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    My great grandfather loved doing art but he never got the time over because of work, but when he retired at the age of 65 he started taking courses and drawing and painting and sculpting like possessed untill the day he died. If being 65 wouldn't stop him, why would being 17, 20, 30 or 40 be enough to stop anyone else?

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    Question

    Help me, I am 17 but I would like to learn to speak French / do Kung Fu / get good at Knitting / learn to bake cakes.

    Is it too late?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flake View Post
    Help me, I am 17 but I would like to learn to speak French / do Kung Fu / get good at Knitting / learn to bake cakes.

    Is it too late?
    Yes. All that's left for you is to wait for the end.

    Weeping is optional.

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    I don't know why this is a worry for you at your age, but I know why I felt my best years were behind me at age 17, then at 24, then at 31. From the perspective of 48 let me assure you the best is yet to come.

    GO FOR IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Hinman View Post
    I don't know why this is a worry for you at your age, but I know why I felt my best years were behind me at age 17, then at 24, then at 31. From the perspective of 48 let me assure you the best is yet to come.

    GO FOR IT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithilion2007 View Post
    I am seventeen years old, crazy for computer games and I want to master the arts of becoming a grandmaster in concept arts!

    I lack knowledge of men's physics and that's why many things I draw look like shit, especially on PS because I also just know the basics!
    I think that I am damaged by Comics and Mangas and that I should've learned first how to paint classical arts and then try to become concept artist.

    Everything I've created with Photoshop so far is this: http://laurenzhorizon.daportfolio.com/

    I am mostly afraid of not being capable to become as good as people like Jason Chan/ Nox or Chris Metzen because it's simply too late for me!

    I am interested in how you feel about this and if you had the same problems as I have.
    You're pretty articulate for a 17 year old.

    No, it's not too late.

    I'm 25 and just starting out. I hope to be doing something in the industry by the time I'm 30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithilion2007 View Post

    I am mostly afraid of not being capable to become as good as people like Jason Chan/ Nox or Chris Metzen because it's simply too late for me!
    Too late? Jason Chan is 27. Nox is 38. Chris Metzen is 36.

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    17! You needed to be professional at age 4 to make it as a game artist! Go have a heart attack old man!

    Obviously, thats just a joke, you have more than enough time, if you practice enough you can become to a profesional level in maybe 3-4 years?
    17 is probably one of the best time to really emerge yourself in art. You wont regret starting at 17 at 19. 16-17 is about the time people take it seriously aswell. Good luck kiddo!

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    You literally nearly made me cry my young man.....No! It is definatly not too late for you. I sit here at the age of 27 wanting to take up art wondering the very samething. Is it actually too late to start? For me, that answer is still no! I want to learn. So, If you start your studies now, by the time your my age, you'll be pro

    But do not waste your time. I can assure you the next ten years will go fast. Then you'll be sat here, like me, wondering what the hell happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nezumi Works View Post
    Yes. All that's left for you is to wait for the end.

    Weeping is optional.
    I knew that I was right getting myself a coffin to sleep in instead of a bed. At 19, there's obviously nothing left for me in the world.



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    Far too late. What have you been doing all your childhood? Nowadays most companies have an age limit of around 13 for concept art roles. You'd be very lucky to be successful at interview with any hint of facial hair, still less so if your feet touched the ground when sitting. And it's not as if you could even take it up as a hobby. After the age of 16 the brain doesn't accept new information and even if it did, post-teenage bones are notoriously brittle and are rarely up to the task of holding a pencil in those lucky enough to survive into their 20's. What I'd suggest is forgetting about the art (you've probably forgotten anyway, as dementia is common in the over-17's) and get yourself down the community centre for a coffee and a biscuit. Careful of the icy pavements, though, don't want to break a hip.

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    Well you're not dead so I would say that no, it's not too late for anything.

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    I'm starting and I'm 20 years old.....you're 3 years ahead of me you jerk!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadlyhazard View Post
    I'm starting and I'm 20 years old.....you're 3 years ahead of me you jerk!
    and you are 3 years ahead of me I started at 23
    Its never to late imo.

    Good luck with everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Impossible View Post
    Far too late. What have you been doing all your childhood? Nowadays most companies have an age limit of around 13 for concept art roles. You'd be very lucky to be successful at interview with any hint of facial hair, still less so if your feet touched the ground when sitting. And it's not as if you could even take it up as a hobby. After the age of 16 the brain doesn't accept new information and even if it did, post-teenage bones are notoriously brittle and are rarely up to the task of holding a pencil in those lucky enough to survive into their 20's. What I'd suggest is forgetting about the art (you've probably forgotten anyway, as dementia is common in the over-17's) and get yourself down the community centre for a coffee and a biscuit. Careful of the icy pavements, though, don't want to break a hip.
    Baron, you're just trying too hard, the strain is showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Hinman View Post
    Baron, you're just trying too hard, the strain is showing.
    You've no idea. I chipped a tooth the other day.

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    it's very tempting to think of those who started earlier as ahead of you, but art is not a race, even if it sometimes feels competitive. we all arrive at our interests, passions, pursuits at different times in our lives, and, though accomplishing anything requires dedication and assiduous work, when we face those moments of doubt, our desire to be "the best" falls away, replaced by the awareness of a private need to experience the world through a pencil. always draw for the edifying experience that it is, and start now!

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    Didn't Colonel Sanders start Kentucky Fried Chicken at age 60? Look how unsuccessful he was. Maybe you should leave it another 47 years before committing?

    Naaaaa! 17 is a great age to start going for it - in fact pretty much the perfect age I'd say.

    But hang on - you say your mum is an artist . . . .and no lessons yet . .. naughty mummy.

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    Well, nobody knows how far it's possible for you to get until you get there. So either you fundamentally believe in yourself and you start walking to where you want to go, or you dither around and never get anywhere. There are no guarantees in life.

    Would you do this even if you knew you would never get as good as your heroes?

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    If you enter the Teen Challenge every week you'll get to a pro level in no time.

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    Yes, it is already too late. You're expected to be churning out master-level portraits and paintings by age 12. Might as well give up your dreams; you're already too old to live. Do you know how old Jason Chan was when he got accepted in Massive Black? 9!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokepetter View Post
    If you enter the Teen Challenge every week you'll get to a pro level in no time.
    OH EM GEE do yu000 have 2 be tween 2 enter that?!1

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    No; it is not too late, one of my peers are in their 30s to 40s and there is elderly man who is an art student at my school. it is never too late to be an artist; I started off trying to draw manga and anime at your age, and i am trying to get out of the anime and manga habit myself. Meanwhile I suggest you invest in this book

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    iain mccaig was born in 1957 and for the love of god he's "still" rocking it. Just be better than your "heroes" and you'll be fine. I'm trying to kick everbody's ass because none of my heroes respond to my emails lol. Well, a few do and I love them for it. Jealously, passion, and envy is what drives me, learn to embrace your dark side and kick some ass! I was talking to a friend the other day and he got his first art job in hollywood when he was 30 and he has worked with some the best directors in the biz and he is handsomely paid, jets, first class seats trips to rome, private islands etc.... he's living the life man and has made more than a million dollars already and he just turned 50, he's had a good 20 year run. Do you know who Pharrell Williams is? he'll be 38 this year and look how hard he's rocking it in his respective profession. Jay z, Madonna, I could go on and on. Me personally, I know for sure I've burned some bridges and made a lot of mistakes but I'm 24 and from making all the wrong moves I'm learning a ton! Do you really think I should be discouraged? NO WAY! My belief is that everyone deserves a shot to a good life but you have to be smart about it and don't be a dick along the way. When I turn 27 I'm gonna be even better, when I'm 35, omg the world better watch out. My thing is to stay healthy, exercise and keep going, you don't want arthritis to cripple your drawing hand. Hell, I'll add this as well, look at the work of your heroes and ask yourself is my work better? If it's not, ask yourself how it can be better than theirs, don't try to be as good as them be BETTER.

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    A long story...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ithilion2007 View Post
    I am seventeen years old, crazy for computer games and I want to master the arts of becoming a grandmaster in concept arts!

    I lack knowledge of men's physics and that's why many things I draw look like shit, especially on PS because I also just know the basics!
    I think that I am damaged by Comics and Mangas and that I should've learned first how to paint classical arts and then try to become concept artist.

    Everything I've created with Photoshop so far is this: http://laurenzhorizon.daportfolio.com/

    I am mostly afraid of not being capable to become as good as people like Jason Chan/ Nox or Chris Metzen because it's simply too late for me!

    I am interested in how you feel about this and if you had the same problems as I have.
    When I was a young kid in grade school I always wanted to create things but I didn't because I would get scolded by my mother and teachers for wasting paper and time...so I put it off. I went through middle and most of high school ignoring my desire to make art and was an all around jackass. One day in my 10th grade math class there was this guy with a shonen jump magazine copying an issue of Shaman King(quite generic looking back) and I asked him about how long it took and he said it took him a week and he was done. I asked him could I borrow it so I could try to copy and oddly he said yes. So I spent literally 2 weeks copying everything I could out this book until the guy had to hound me down for his book back. I gave it back but after then I started to find things to draw and drew whenever I could and before I knew it was the only thing I liked doing beside playing videogames...I was laughably terrible at it but I was something that could eventually pay off.

    I was 16 when that happened and looking back I wish I had payed more attention to anatomy and the basics of drawing sooner but it really doesn't matter. If you have the drive to be an artist at a young age, a drive to get better and a drive to actually do it then you're basically a rich man. You have youth, time and very soon a marketable skill. Look around you and you'll see that you have 3 things are quite valuable. I'm 23 now and I've been at it for 7 years and frankly I suck at it still but I suck less than I did years ago. Art is by far the best thing that happened to me. I'm looking forward to the next 7 years and what it has in store for me.

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    Thanks for your many encouraging answers!

    I didnŽt expect so much response from the community.

    IŽll do my best to be a kick-ass-artist!!

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