Hey all i really need some advice on whether or not I should quit my job to study art. While I understand that becoming a skillful artist is ultimately about constant practice and perseverance above anything else, I feel like I'm missing another (and in my opinion) equally important part also and that is community. I practice a lot, and can really see the improvement and it feels awesome but at the same time I feel a bit lost, lonely and directionless. I don't know anyone who is even remotely into art and while I feel confident in my approach to gaining skills, I feel the complete opposite in the larger sense of how to be an artist in the world, which sectors/areas to pursue, gaining connections etc..
I guess i want to know, for those who have studied art through courses, is how important were the friendships/mentoring/life structure they provided in becoming an artist and is it worth doing it for those aspects alone?