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    Don't know the name of what design I'm interested in

    Hey,

    I'll try and keep this short as in 6 hours i'll be off to the airport for a 2 week holiday, but please still reply and i'll keep this thread saved. I won't necro it back but hopefully it will gather good responses.

    basically, i'm a design student and have been looking into graphic design for a long time not. I like it, but to b whole hearted, my passion lies with... erm.. something else, i don't know a particular name for it.

    I thought it was just concept art, but that seems to be to general and cover to wide a range. I love designing the armours and the related lore of fantasy creatures. E.g. I draw a goblin helmet and set of armour, say it's the generic skirmisher outfit etc... But i don't draw the goblin themselves unless i have a lot of time spare, as I'm a perfectionist that works slow when it comes to precise detail.




    With 1 year away until University I need to get my personal statement finished and applying to courses. Problem is, I am looking at nothing but graphic design courses at the moment and don't know if I'd be happier doing something else entirely. My friend showed me 3D art courses etc but it just dosn't seem right.

    Also, if there is courses available in a similar thing i'm interested in i would love to know! But mainly this:
    This can be kept as a hobby, if it is not possible to make a decent living off a job in this field please also say so, as i plan on eventually moving and living in Denmark, and want to be stable




    Thanks for any help! Sorry if i rambled or made little to no sense, please ask any questions and i'll TRY and reply fast enough, if not then sorry


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    I think you *are* just looking for concept design.

    But in any case, if you're wanting to do this for a career then to design the armour pieces you NEED to draw (or at least know how to draw) the thing that's wearing it, even if you're only doing it vaguely. If you're not considering the creature in your design in the drawing phase, then the armour won't consider them either once the prop / 3d model / etc has been made in the final output.

    Or maybe I'm talking bollocks and need to be hit across the head. o_O

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    What you're describing has to be one of the most specific types of jobs ever, and I'm certain it doesn't exist. Concept artists (from my limited knowledge) are actually required to be able to draw a huge range of subjects, from characters to landscapes to vehicles and creatures. If a company is hiring you on they'd like to know that you're able to do more than one thing.

    If you want to get into general fantasy illustration, there's probably no way you'll be drawing armor without something in it.

    As for what type of program, illustration or animation courses would be what to look for if you want to go the whole "draw things for a living" route.

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    Creating a niche for yourself is great and all. But do you really want to be the "Draws armor but not the characters" guy?

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    You should do everything is what we're telling you, I'm not sure you'll get a lot of jobs in Denmark and while there quite literally are a ton of media graphics places here, they're pretty much failing most of them... Thats not all there's about 200 students for each job in the media sector. Sure denmark is a great, yet small, country... I just think you really need atleast to reconcider.

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    So basically you're looking for a degree in, and subsequent career in, danish goblin armour design?

    and want to be stable
    Taking your meds will probably help

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    If you like designing clothing as well as armour, maybe you might want to look into costume design for film, theatre, etc. As someone said specialising in only armour design would be pretty rare. When i read your post i though, i immediately thought of weta workshop in new zealand, you might want to check them out, but again not sure if there would be anyone who specialised in armour design only.

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    seetsy: Nope, you won't. I know a few people at Weta and they've definitely mentioned the importance of a broad range of skills; drawing just armour won't apply, unless you're the one making them possibly... but you still need to be able to make more than just armour: you need to keep striving to adapt your skills to ANYTHING the client might ask for.

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    Write a story about invisible people who wear armour and get a cult following, and then you can do all the artwork for it, cover art for books, create table-top games and paint all the cards and pieces, and you'll only need to draw armour!
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    Quote Originally Posted by manlybrian View Post
    Write a story about invisible people who wear armour and get a cult following, and then you can do all the artwork for it, cover art for books, create table-top games and paint all the cards and pieces, and you'll only need to draw armour!
    But what about the backgrounds? ...Invisible people who wear armor and live in a land that consists only of armor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyy View Post
    ... .. . .. .This can be kept as a hobby, .......

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    If you're a design student already and you like graphic design then it's probably the wisest thing to carry on doing this if you're more likely to find work, in the long run.

    Joining this site and working on your passion in your spare time is probably what I would do in your situation and see where it goes. Choosing to do one thing at uni doesn't stop you from pursuing different things later in life, just make sure the course your choose gives you a wide range of skills that you can transfer if needed.

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    There isn't much need for slow artists. You may be able to build a specialty or hobby business on this (especially if you get into actually making armour models) but commercial artists generally need to be fast and versatile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    But what about the backgrounds? ...Invisible people who wear armor and live in a land that consists only of armor!
    Yes. And it's completely flat, makes riding a bike real easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radicou View Post
    Yes. And it's completely flat, makes riding a bike real easy.
    Hey, have you ever tried cycling across a huge breastplate or a curvy gardbrace uphill? Now that makes you sweat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    Hey, have you ever tried cycling across a huge breastplate or a curvy gardbrace uphill? Now that makes you sweat.
    Hahaha... Remember the cycle must be made of armor ... It was a nice day and cloudy shoulder pads drifted across the sky mr.Horned helmet was biking through the gardbrace hills on his... um plate mail when...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Incinerated View Post
    Hahaha... Remember the cycle must be made of armor ... It was a nice day and cloudy shoulder pads drifted across the sky mr.Horned helmet was biking through the gardbrace hills on his... um plate mail when...
    ...when he noticed how the wind gently swayed the chain mail leaves of the vambrace trees and decided to stop to enjoy a nice tasset sandwich with lance-rest filling his fiancee, missus Burgonet had made him.

    Is it bad that now I kinda want to draw this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TinyBird View Post
    Hey, have you ever tried cycling across a huge breastplate or a curvy gardbrace uphill? Now that makes you sweat.
    Pfft, that's nothin'. Try in the snow.

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    Try in the snow.
    Yes, but for the OP, all the snowflakes would have to be armoured, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcorc View Post
    Yes, but for the OP, all the snowflakes would have to be armoured, too.
    See, and you guys said there wouldn't be enough work.

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    There are plenty of people who just design costumes, but they're expected to draw patterns and possibly sew said costumes, not just sketch them.

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