Hi! I've been having a sorts problem lately that has caused a couple of questions to arise. I got myself into art March of 2010, I was previously taking classes for Engineering kinds of things in my high school. After several field trips to places where engineers were working and seeing them in action, I decided it wasn't something I wanted to do, so I turned to the possibility of having art as a career in august of 2010. Recently, however, I have been getting some opposition to going into an art career from just about everyone in the family except for my dad, and it sort of has me worried.
Is going into an art field right for me? What is it like? I have no first hand experience, I'm just 17. I had been hoping to major in something like illustration, and I think it'd be pretty cool to be an illustrator or a concept artist, but I have no clue what the work is actually like, or how to convince the rest of the family I'm not making the wrong decision. I think most of their concern is the stereotypical "low pay of the starving artist." They don't understand why I would want a job I love over a lot of money. That said, can anyone offer assistance on what the field is like? First hand experience is, of course, preferred, but I'm more than willing to listen to what everyone has to say.
Here is my dA and sketchbook, for anyone who is interested in where I'm at art wise-ish now: http://xdragon777x.deviantart.com/gallery/ & http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=199725&page=5
And of course, we can't forget, how I drew in March of 2010. *shudders* http://xdragon777x.deviantart.com/ga...craps#/d2lgl0a