Im 21 and I really want to get into Computer Animation. I really want to get into Ringling but I need to update my portfolio to include a lot of figure drawing (from my understanding (based on what a student has told me), you're more likely to get accepted with well-done nude figure drawings).
I've been trying to get info on this figure drawing class at a community college near me. It's the only one I could find in my state in general... whereas i'm SURE there are some someplace else, i've called the state art museum, multiple art galleries in cities and colleges and posted to craigslist looking for non-credited classes only to bring back nothing, so i've just been left frustrated.
The community college i've been talking to told me the figure drawing class happened in spring and only happens once a year. On top of that they would require me to take one or two other classes before I could take figure drawing.
The application date for Ringling is in January, and with me applying later now, i'm afraid i'm going to be waitlisted. I'm also afraid that if I apply without figure drawings my portfolio won't stack up as well compared to everyone elses and I may not get a scholarship, which due to my financial situation I desperately need.
I was also told by this student to buy a really good tablet (which I already assumed I would need), but despite my trying i've been too broke to buy so far. My job goes from full-time hours one week to lay-offs the next, i'm in a real need for some definite direction and security. I'm currently trying to find a new job and putting in resumes, cover letters and apps everywhere so hopefully things will look up.
I know Computer Animation breaks down into different jobs and I love writing, concept art, character design and I i've never animated anything but I've ALWAYS had a will to learn how. Will an employer hire you just for character design or concept art? I'd like to do all of those things in my profession, but I read an article a while back that stated most people only animate/concept art/character design, and someone seperate does writing. Anyone want to shed light on this?
I also read that most Animators are laid off constantly and rarely get benefits. Is that true?
Thanks in advance.