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    I want to enroll at Cal Arts and major in character animation

    I’ve decided to try to apply to Cal Arts for their character animation major. I’m going to put a portfolio together so I can try to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year. I live in Southern California, and Cal Arts is in Santa Clarita, so this would be the best option for me. Other art schools, such as Otis, which I’ve already looked into, would be a waste of my time because they cannot teach me anything I don’t already know. Craig McCracken, the creator of “Powerpuff Girls” went to Cal Arts. I have an AA degree in graphic design.

    Has anyone here gone to Cal Arts, and do you have any advice for me?


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    Draw relentlessly. Have an awesome sketchbook, have an even more awesome portfolio. Look at the work from folks working with Cartoon Network and Disney right now: Steven Universe, Duck Tales, etc. I can't seem to find any of your work. Do you have anything posted on here? Seeing where you are would help us tremendously in advising you.

    Generally speaking, it's alright to have a dream school but at the end of the day you don't need to come out of Cal Arts to work in animation. It's all about how hard you work, how much you draw, and how fast you can improve in the end. You don't need a school to do any of these things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyT View Post
    Draw relentlessly. Have an awesome sketchbook, have an even more awesome portfolio. Look at the work from folks working with Cartoon Network and Disney right now: Steven Universe, Duck Tales, etc. I can't seem to find any of your work. Do you have anything posted on here? Seeing where you are would help us tremendously in advising you.

    Generally speaking, it's alright to have a dream school but at the end of the day you don't need to come out of Cal Arts to work in animation. It's all about how hard you work, how much you draw, and how fast you can improve in the end. You don't need a school to do any of these things.
    Thank you, my Deviantart handle is Ace Corona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Corona View Post
    Ace Corona.
    Could you link it? My first attempted was a 404 and a general search gives me a bunch of different artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyT View Post
    Generally speaking, it's alright to have a dream school but at the end of the day you don't need to come out of Cal Arts to work in animation. It's all about how hard you work, how much you draw, and how fast you can improve in the end. You don't need a school to do any of these things.
    It is very much like running a marathon: you can run you ass off, but if you run in the wrong direction, you will never finish. Most people do need art school to get the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyT View Post
    Could you link it? My first attempted was a 404 and a general search gives me a bunch of different artists.
    http://acecorona.deviantart.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque View Post
    It is very much like running a marathon: you can run you ass off, but if you run in the wrong direction, you will never finish. Most people do need art school to get the wrong direction.
    Are you against art school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Corona View Post
    Are you against art school?
    Just realised I made a bad typo: I really meant 'right direction'
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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque View Post
    Just realised I made a bad typo: I really meant 'right direction'
    Thank you

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