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    Confused and Running out of time

    I've known about CA for a few months now and I decided to join because I'm going nowhere on my own, and I honestly don't have a lot of time left to continue going nowhere.

    I'm in the 11th grade going on 12th in a few weeks. I want to go to Calarts after graduation and major in character animation, but the problem is I don't know anything about anything. And I've been going off of random tips I've seen from random places after spending all my life drawing random cartoons, and it doesn't feel like I'm learning anything.

    So I'm hoping that by joining here I could learn how to improve and actually get to were I want to go.

    Its nice to meet all of you

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    Hi and Welcome

    Taking part in the community and submitting your stuff for advice should
    see you improving in no time. Just be sure to take the honest advice on
    the chin and be prepared for a lot of intensive, but satisfying, work!

    Most importantly, enjoy it.

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    The CalArts Character Design Program is one of the most selective animation programs in the country. If you really "don't know anything about anything," I'd strongly suggest having several backup plans in place.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    The CalArts Character Design Program is one of the most selective animation programs in the country. If you really "don't know anything about anything," I'd strongly suggest having several backup plans in place.
    Interesting! Good to get some local perspective, I had
    no idea at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Hi and Welcome

    Taking part in the community and submitting your stuff for advice should
    see you improving in no time. Just be sure to take the honest advice on
    the chin and be prepared for a lot of intensive, but satisfying, work!

    Most importantly, enjoy it.
    Alright
    I'm perfectly fine with people critiquing my work and having to do intensive studying. I'm willing to go through a lot to improve.

    I'll try my best to enjoy all of it

    Thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    The CalArts Character Design Program is one of the most selective animation programs in the country. If you really "don't know anything about anything," I'd strongly suggest having several backup plans in place.
    I know its very selective and takes a lot of knowing and dedication to get in and get through, and I am willing to get to that type of level.

    I honestly haven't focused too much on backup plans (though I have a few) because I know what I want and I'm going try my best to get it.

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    Well it's always good to have backups when you are university
    searching. It's just a standard and safe thing to do. Don't see
    it as any kind of negative premonition, but rather as safeguarding
    your future no matter what.

    Having said that, go for it with everything you've got and best
    of luck.

    Nice avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Well it's always good to have backups when you are university
    searching. It's just a standard and safe thing to do. Don't see
    it as any kind of negative premonition, but rather as safeguarding
    your future no matter what.

    Having said that, go for it with everything you've got and best
    of luck.

    Nice avatar.
    True :/ and Thank You


    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    All of this talk about dedication blah blah blah is academic until you show some work. Start a thread in the Sketchbooks or Critiques section.
    I'll be sure to do that soon, Thank You.

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    All of this talk about dedication blah blah blah is academic until you show some work. Start a thread in the Sketchbooks or Critiques section.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    All of this talk about dedication blah blah blah is academic until you show some work. Start a thread in the Sketchbooks or Critiques section.
    yep. Showing your work and getting feedback is the best way to improve. that and working your bo****ks off

    Anyway, hello and welcome. I too know the perils of spending too much time drawing random cartoons. I spent most of my teenage years doing this and I'm trying to get back doing a wider range of art now.

    My advice would be to get back down to the basics of drawing and build from there. This place is full of geat resources, so I'm sure you'll find plenty of help here.

    Get posting and good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    All of this talk about dedication blah blah blah is academic until you show some work. Start a thread in the Sketchbooks or Critiques section.
    Hell, even a blog!

    Least having artwork out where someone can see helps! Show that you're drawing. Not "I feel like going to this really cool art college" and have no work to show.

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