So, right now I am currently in college. I have about two to three years left, but I need to have a portfolio done sometime by 2016. There are many problems with my current art education. For one, I do not have the money to go to an art school and am basically stuck at my local university taking their art program. The problem, however, is that the classes aren't specialized and there is no digital art program, which means I have to go use another resource alongside my studies. A second issue with my current education is that it's not challenging enough. Yeah there's a class focusing on Anatomy, but that's only Drawing II. They have up to a drawing IV here, but you only get instruction in Drawing I and II. Drawing III and IV is mostly you coming up with your own assignments. The fundamentals, such as how cloth behaves, how light and shadows behave, color theory, perspective (I've got one and two down, and am just now beginning to understand 3 point a little more) to name some examples, are glossed over.
I have improved a bit, but mostly because I have used outside resources. What I thought about doing is using my refund check, plus taking out a little bit of loans for art supplies, perhaps an art tablet, a computer and some stuff for an art studio, such as lights and an easel, plus some living expenses and these art courses listed below.
1. Raybould's Virtual art academy
2. Digital tutors
3. Drawing tutorials online
4. Vilppu's stuff
5. Five Pencil Method
Now I plan to do these on my own spare time to help give me a push since school really isn't doing anything for me really. I know it seems like a lot, but I've had a look at these sites, and may offer lessons in things not really taught or emphasized at school. The first one I figure I can practice the methods I learn from there when it comes time to do assignments for classes. I'm at a point where I'm at a dead end. I know what I need to improve on, but I just need some really challenging lessons on it. I've also thought about cutting back on art classes for a semester to a year, pick some really easy general eds, and focus on the art basics. So far, I've got perspective down a bit, but not to an advanced level, I need to really work on my shading skills because it's been the biggest thorn in my side. I know how to pick out the form in things and I get proportions fairly accurate. But I'm really not learning anything at college, and no one seems to know what i'm talking about when I mention something about perspective of the human figure. My adviser, another art teacher, said it wasn't important to know how to draw from memory and that you can always use a reference photo while one of my art teachers said that you do not need to know human anatomy to be a good artist. I'll have to disagree with both.
And one more thing; I want to be an illustrator and graphic novelist but I also want to try my hand at the fine arts too. I also looked into Industrial Design, but you need calculus for that degree, and the only math I'm good at is Geometry.
Sorry I ranted on a bit, but I want to see if anyone else was in this situation. and I already did try to Google up an answer for this, but I must have a specific answer. Thanks if you skimmed or read :3