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    Hi all

    I am an illustrator specialising in design for animation and I was wondering if it is better to specialise in an area e.g. background design/painting or be more of a generalist, so having character design, backgrounds, storyboards and animation in your folio?

    If specialising is the better option would it be ok for anyone to have a quick look at my portfolio and let me know which area they think I should specialise in?

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    I would think you would want a broad toolset.

    That being said - having an area you are particularly good at is not a problem. What is a problem is I think _you_ should be defining what your specialization is. Take control of your career and skillset.
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    I like your characters

    My advice would be to work more on your gestural studies as it will help improve 3 out of 4 subjects matters you want to venture into

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    Don't specialize, get good at making images. A good illustrator or production artist learns how to apply good skills to any subject. If you can only draw and paint one subject well, you don't really understand painting and drawing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    Don't specialize, get good at making images. A good illustrator or production artist learns how to apply good skills to any subject. If you can only draw and paint one subject well, you don't really understand painting and drawing.
    So specialization comes later? I feel like you have to be one of best in that subject if you wanna do it and still be able to do something else. Let say you do only characters, you are no way near of best and someone else can do all then he/she is more valuable in production than you

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    Your story boarding needs a ton of work. It's not just telling a story, it's the camera shots, the feeling the character has about each situation. Go and rework The Three Bears, and really think it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonec View Post
    So specialization comes later? I feel like you have to be one of best in that subject if you wanna do it and still be able to do something else. Let say you do only characters, you are no way near of best and someone else can do all then he/she is more valuable in production than you

    I think you're conflating the skillset with the job. You should never be at your limitations for a job. If you specialize you have to be the best ever to sustain work; if you get good but have a broad skillset you can plug into other positions since you already have your foot in the door and are a known quantity.

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    On the same note, it’s worth point out that wages have stagnated even though productivity has increased many times over - less people doing more work. Go look at some job postings now and look at how many skills you’re expected to know for a entry level position. More skills, more software than ever before. A worker who can do a lot of different things moderately well is way more valuable than someone who can only do one job and is useless as soon as the job changes
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    why specialize in anything when you can specialize in gesture

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