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    Could I be looking for work at my current skill level?

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    I'm not that great of an artist yet. I was looking through some of the freelance listings over at jobs.conceptart.org out of curiosity and I felt as if I could handle some. If I ever decided to do a job, I would do one just for the experience and just continue studying naked bodies and fruit all day like I've been because I know that's what I should be focusing on.

    Hopefully you'll forgive me if I sound ahead of myself or if I'm in the wrong section
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    Depends what work. I don't see any environments or actual illustrations, just people standing with empty backgrounds so I really wonder can you handle a job that requires those? Or a computer that can handle stuff for printing work if those are needed? Do you feel ready?
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    Yeah I do feel ready but only for some of the character design listings. I just worry about my skill level through other people's eyes and the bigger fish that might be swimming around the listings I'm looking at. I don't know how it all works because I'm so new to this side of art.
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    Well, the worst that can happen is you submit your portfolio and get rejected... So if you see a listing you think you could handle, why not submit and see?

    If you start getting work, well, then you're ready for that type of work. If you get nothing but rejections, you know you're not ready.
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    I'll be honest - work on improving rather than applying. I would say you have a couple years of dedicated study ahead. Work from life as much as you can, study gesture, basic drawing fundamentals, media techniques and presentation. Continue to develop your imagination and rely less on derivative styles and copying current trends.

    You're on the right track and have pottential...now just do what it takes to realize it.
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    If ya gotta ask. . .

    And, no I won't provide traffic to an F'in' DA account by somebody who doesn't have a CA SB or any other participation in the community.
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    Well you could...

    ...but the better question is, if you should.
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    If it were your money, would you hire you?

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    Depends on how hungry you are.
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    We should call that type of question "Elwell's Razor".
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    There is a wide range of options out there in the art world. The sci-fi/fantasy genre is probably the most technique intensive. Take a look at the sheer volume of professional artists that draw at the grade school level and make a living. You just need to find where your work fits. I think that you're already better than some of the professional artists out there.

    If you really want to start working in the art field right now... Don't focus on the hardest art field to succede in. Condsider some of the other easier art markets first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QueenGwenevere View Post
    Well, the worst that can happen is you submit your portfolio and get rejected... So if you see a listing you think you could handle, why not submit and see?

    If you start getting work, well, then you're ready for that type of work. If you get nothing but rejections, you know you're not ready.
    This is another reason why I made this post. Because I didn't even know you had to submit a portfolio. I barely know what a portfolio is supposed to look like. Maybe this is what I'll work on before the thought about working crosses my mind again.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    I'll be honest - work on improving rather than applying. I would say you have a couple years of dedicated study ahead. Work from life as much as you can, study gesture, basic drawing fundamentals, media techniques and presentation. Continue to develop your imagination and rely less on derivative styles and copying current trends.

    You're on the right track and have pottential...now just do what it takes to realize it.
    Thank you, I will

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    If ya gotta ask. . .

    And, no I won't provide traffic to an F'in' DA account by somebody who doesn't have a CA SB or any other participation in the community.
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    Well you could...

    ...but the better question is, if you should.
    That's what I'm asking here lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    If it were your money, would you hire you?
    Yeah sure, given the right job subject, I just wanted some opinions

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    Depends on how hungry you are.
    Not very right now

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    There is a wide range of options out there in the art world. The sci-fi/fantasy genre is probably the most technique intensive. Take a look at the sheer volume of professional artists that draw at the grade school level and make a living. You just need to find where your work fits. I think that you're already better than some of the professional artists out there.

    If you really want to start working in the art field right now... Don't focus on the hardest art field to succede in. Condsider some of the other easier art markets first.
    I've seen a good amount of concept art that just wasn't drawn that great, but it was good enough to get the point across. I think I could get the job done, but I'm not far enough along the line in my opinion to make it look all fancy, and do the job I would like to do. Which is why I'll be doing what Jeff said.

    Thank you for your answers everybody
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    Florgenstein: Fair enough!

    And, I think "Elwell's Razor" is a damn fine standard.
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