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September 1st, 2014 #1
So I've been told to give up on becoming a concept artist...
My situation in short: I am 23, studying graphic design, but my main interest is designing characters and illustrating.
Thanks to college, I am almost completely broke. I have this job at a small IT company, but it's not full time and sometimes months pass without any work to do. I've always wanted to be an artist, to create, to be the best. Could be just special snowflake syndrome, but I've believed that this is what I am meant to do.
But here's the thing: when I tell people about concept art, they don't even know what I am talking about. In the country I live, gaming companies are shutting down one by one. The graphic designer community is so aloof, it's impossible to get in unless you are someone's friend.
So it seems inevitable for me to get work out of my field... and this horrifies me, because what if I will get stuck in a shitty, boring job and I will slowly lose my skills, my interest for art... dude I rather chop off my arms right now.
I am not even sure what the hell could I work... I like drawing and writing, and that's all! I'm not good for anything else. Seriously, I have no other skills. In addition, I get anxious from almost everything... speaking with people, going to a new place... it's not really helping.
In the future, I don't want to be a person who looks at some really awesome artist's work and thinks "this could be me... this could be my work... but I gave up."
So I am miserable right now. If I have to give up art, I will be even more miserable. Because without my art, I am just a sarcastic, disillusioned woman trying to shut up her feelings with chocolate and mirelit pizza.
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Where you're located doesn't really matter that much. Sure, if you live in LA you'll have a much better chance of getting work in the entertainment industry, film specifically. But apart from that and several other locations mostly in the US, the rest of the world is in the same boat.
If your work is of high quality you'll get hired no matter where you're from. In the times of fast internet access it just doesn't matter. In fact, being located in a country like Hungary with very low living costs is an advantage to the freelancer because you can charge "normal" rates (e.g. in USD or EUR) that are far above the average for your country. I'm thinkling of moving to Budapest myself (my partner is from there originally).
As to people not knowing what concept art is or discouraging you on principle, just don't listen to them. If you're really good, you'll get work.
It's the "getting really good" that is the problem for all of us
September 1st, 2014 #3
Well to you living costs might appear low, but with almost zero income and school fees to pay it's a different reality for me. But this is a different topic.
I wish I could just not listen, but it's not that easy. Anyways, thanks for commenting.
September 1st, 2014 #4
Well to you living costs might appear low, but with almost zero income and school fees to pay it's a different reality for me.
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September 2nd, 2014 #8Jester
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Don't focus on a specific career: focus on decent skills. There are quite a lot of concept artists who fail in concept art, but manage to survive in illustration, background painting, character design, which may not be their first choice, but might open doors in the future.
Grinnikend door het leven...
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September 2nd, 2014 #9
No formal perspective plots, no form building, no life painting/ life drawing, no colour studies, no master copies, no design studies to improve your visual library. No vehicles, exactly one gun prop, no environments.
Be careful not to spin your wheel and draw/paint the same subject matter over and over again. It won't help you much to improve.
Painting character portraits from imagination is not the same as working on your fundamentals. Grab Loomis: Successfull Drawing / Norling: Perspective made easy (after you've worked through it you can graduate to Robertson: How to Draw) and Gurney: Color and Light and get started on your fundamentals. Draw/paint from life and reference as much as you can. If you want to specialize in characters (though you will have to reach proficiency in all subject matters regardless) life drawing (with an actual model) is also a very good idea.
September 2nd, 2014 #10
I think I already have these books (or some of them at least), and I always use refs for my drawings. I either use photo reference or take a look at myself in the mirror.
Thank you very much for your help, I really appreciate it.
September 2nd, 2014 #11
Vehicles... never really thought about drawing those.
Sok szerencsét kivánok!
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Find work that you love that is totally not your style, or usual subject, or you think, "God, I could never do that," and emulate it, learn how, start fresh. For example, I can't do mech, or guns, or cars, to save my life and I honestly am not drawn to it, so guess what, I'm going to start drawing one every day. Blech! Maybe find a similar challenge and expand your portfolio?
"I'm not good for anything else. Seriously, I have no other skills. In addition, I get anxious from almost everything... speaking with people, going to a new place... it's not really helping.
Read more: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/new...#ixzz3CITlUXUy"
I'd like to mention that it sounds like you may be pretty depressed. If you aren't, these kind of thoughts are depressing and not helpful no matter what. Please take inventory and care for your well-being and know that you are a WIP.
If you love what you do artistically, feed on that. Challenge yourself. Be good to yourself. Pull joy from that.
"Do great work and be great to work with." - Chris Oatley is a site that is worth looking at it. This guy's got a great attitude and an inspiring podcast. Sometimes we need the folks who are hard on us and push us and critique us, sometimes we need gentle nudges and support. Chris Oatley is more the latter IMO, which may be good for you.
I understand the money thing. It sucks. I think the advice to not get stuck on a particular job title is important. If you can find work that has anything even close to what you want to be doing, as in using similar tech tools, or design, or visual whatever, that's something better than say, working in sales, then wiggle your way up.
Don't give up!
That's my 20 cents.
September 4th, 2014 #15
If you get the chance and need a break from practicing your art check out the LevelUp channel on YouTube. They feature a new artist every week who tells their "rags to riches" story about how they started and what they did to get where they are. The sum of the story is "work hard"! There's no short cut. Best of luck... now stop reading and go art something!
September 4th, 2014 #16Jester
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