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    What to do?

    Okay... so I'm new. I found this forum on my quest to justify to myself that I had a realistic goal to have a career in art somehow. Anyway, I have gotten this feeling that if I wish to attain this goal, I have to start early. I am currently working towards a BFA at UC Santa Cruz, but there are no classes in anything computer related, short of web design. Help! I don't know if I should be trying to take outside classes, or change schools or wait until grad school... any advice would be most helpful!!!!

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    I don't think I'd be qualified to give an in-depth answer, but assuming you want to have a career in art, you should know that the most important part is having a good foundation in the traditional aspects of art. I don't mean you have to know how to paint or use a variety of mediums, since it sounds like you want to do something more computer oriented, like graphic design maybe? But the biggest part is knowing things like composition, value, form and such, after that learning a medium(or a program) should be easy. I guess I'm saying you shouldn't even need to take a computer class to learn how to use something like Photoshop once you're learned how to draw.

    Are you majoring in art? That part could obviously be a little more difficult, and there are definetly some benefits from being taught, though even that could be something you could learn on your own if you put enough effort into it; many excellent artists on this site never even went to college.

    Just a thought.

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    I am majoring in art, and actually wish to be a concept artist in some capacity. I am also minoring (perhaps going to be majoring soon) in Japanese language studies. I just don't know what skills I truly need, simply because UCSC does not focus on anything but traditional art.

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    Work your traditionnal skill the more you can Basic is the same everywhere, learning a program is fast, very fast if you can draw/paint traditionally. Don't forget that

    If you want to go the concept way, you can read design book, watch movie, look at machinery, read some mechanical book... So you got idea to draw. It's really nothing more here, learn to draw and choose what to draw - most top notch artist here are traditionnal artist.

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