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    Artist or Physicist?

    Hi,

    First of all Sry for my poor English....

    Well, my problem is that now, after I have finished school, I´m not sure in which direction I want to go....

    There are 2 major things which I´m interested in and good at:

    Physics (especially Astrophysics) + Concept Art (especially Sci-Fi/Fantasy)


    Well, I´m one of those freaks who tries to find behind any fictional tecnology, creature or mechanism some sort of physical explenation...

    ..it sounds crazy, but I spend lots of hours in writing essays about how blasters in SW or the Glyphes from the Thief Game Series do work.
    I think I´m good in it as I know quite much about the relavitivistic theory/quantum physics etc....


    At the same time I´m good in drawing and i think I have a great Visual Imagination BUT while like to write a lot, I´m not really interested in drawing myself but more to look at the works of artists and then to think about and explain it scientifically.....

    Well, my Problem is:
    HOW DO I FIND OUT WHICH IS THE REAL THING I´M INTERESTED IN AND THE DIRECTION I SHOULD GO?


    Because I heard that many Concept Artist also make some "scientific research" before they design something?

    My Problem is, that when´I start to realize that I should study Physics then I have doupts like: "But maybe I´m too less interested in physics - maybe I´m more Artist than scientist. Maybe I´m wrong about thinking Physics is my ultimate hobby.
    Maybe I´m more a creative than a scientific guy. Maybe I will get desperate when I have to think about equations instead of drwings...etc"

    But it is also exactly the other way:When I think I should study Art than come also some ddoupts like: "But I´m not really interested in Art - more in Science-Fiction. At home I prefere writing to drawing. I´m more interested at how stuff works than how stuff looks....etc"

    Hope, you get the picture.

    I´m stuck somewhere betweene those 2 directions...

    What I want to know from you, is how much professional Concept Artists care about physics, when for instance, the´re designing a sci-fi weapon...

    As I said before I´m not sure if the amount of scientific and sci-fi interest in myself is more typical for an Artist or a Physicist.....

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    you say you like writing better than drawing-so you probably shouldn't study arts. i'd go with the physics,and if you want,in your free time,look into some screenplay writing the art aspect can come in handy if you want to do abit of storyboards on the side. but in the end it's up to you. good luck

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    You shouldn't be asking other people that question. Go with what you feel really passionate about - sounds like physics but then I don't know you. Find out for yourself, don't let someone who doesn't know you make decisions about your future.

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    Studying Physics will help you immensely in terms of the designs you create, that is for sure.

    From what I can see, you are more interested in writing as Carnifex pointed out, in figuring stuff out. Why not try Physics, keep drawing and writing and the moment you see which you prefer most, you decide on your course of action. Once faced with an obstacle, one can decide and pursue something with more deliberation than if they just sit around and do nothing Sure, you might waste a year or two - but you will have gained knowledge that most artists don't have, or at least a very deep undestanding of how to incorporate "real life" reasoning in your art.

    But again it's your decision in the end.

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    Easy.
    Physicist.
    Next question?


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    THX for the answers......

    Well, of course I shouldnt ask other people on that question but on the other hand its an additional help for the decision.

    Well, actually I´m more on the physicist-side, as AngryScientist wrote, "figuring things out" >>>Thats EXACTLY what I like to do...

    so your opinion complies with my decision....


    What i still would like to know: I always thougt that when someone is good in drawing he usually likes it and wants to chose a profession which has something to do it...

    But as I said before, I think I´m good in Drawing and when i manage it to start to draw - then I like it and want to finish it.
    But, ACTUALLY it rarely happens that I WANT to start a drawing. There are always a 100 things which I like to do better...

    Is this another sign for me for NOT trying to become a concept artist?
    Or are some Concept Artists out there which do not really like to draw in their leisure time but just at Work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiC@!Witch.king
    But, ACTUALLY it rarely happens that I WANT to start a drawing. There are always a 100 things which I like to do better...
    Then it's just a really goddamn bad idea.

    Hell, I like solving math problems from time to time when I run across them, but there's no way I'd do that for a living.

    Study something you want to study and like to do, or else you might end up in a bad situation one day when you realize you made a huge booboo.


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    Yay Physics! Yay Art! Yay decisions!

    I say give the Physics a go, and if you get creative in your free time then you've got the best of both worlds. And besides, first (and to a lesser degree, second) year physics covers stuff people should really learn at some point anyway imo.

    As far as I'm aware (and correct me if I'm wrong) one must be rather dedicated to make a career out of art.
    Also, a science degree doesn't just limit you to science. You're learning problem solving skills which can be applied anywhere should your interests wander later on.

    Ultimately, if you like both, which is the easier to teach yourself?


    But be aware Physics doesn't quite impress the chicks as much. Not that that should affect your decision.

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    Do both.

    I'm almost done with a degree in organic/inorganic chemistry and have done art recreationally throughout, going from abysmal to okayish in the process. I probably haven't improved as fast as I could have if I actually did an arts degree but that possibility was precluded by my parents not wanting me to do art.

    And yes, scientific knowledge quite often = stronger, more satisfying concepts. Dabbling in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, comp. sci. means fewer mcguffins, fewer invocations of star trek particles and fewer technologies indistinguishable from magic. And fewer no-life nerds like myself groaning at criminally weak concepts and in turn being groaned at by Greg Egan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiC@!Witch.king
    But, ACTUALLY it rarely happens that I WANT to start a drawing. There are always a 100 things which I like to do better...

    Is this another sign for me for NOT trying to become a concept artist?
    Yup.

    That's like me saying "yeah, I suppose I can cook, it's not so bad once I get started and sometimes it even turns out tasty BUT there's about 100 things I'd rather be doing. Should I become a chef?"

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    [QUOTE=m3ntor]

    Ultimately, if you like both, which is the easier to teach yourself?


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    ...well, thats a big problem...

    Ultimately I really started to do physics...... I turned out be extremly fascinating (more than I thought)

    ...but at the same tiome also quite frustrating:Math and all the abstract stuff...

    I think all in all I´m a logical thinking person, but the problem is that I had an extremly poor math education in school....
    Thats why my math knowledge is below the average. Its quite frustrating...

    I started to think that maybe to be a creative, visual person means automatically to dislike math/equations and to work with abstract elements...
    Maybe beeing creative means automatically beeing bad in Math as creative people get bored with it?
    (...as equations are the complete opposite of cool looking effects)

    Well it isnt that bad that I think about quitting physics right now as all the other things are extremly interesting to me....

    But I´m worrying about that studying art would have been quite easier, maybe it would fit better to my personality....(Apart form the things I said before...)

    P.S.: I think physics does impress quite a few chicks as most of them think that its the hardest thing ever. Especially when your appearance is complete different to the "normal stereotype" physics student...

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    just because you're bad at math doesn't mean your bad at physics- and that basic math can be learned rather fast to be atleast average. plus being creative doesn't automatically exclude math,so stick to what fascinates you most atm.

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    logic:

    a professional physicist can be an artist in his spare time.. an artist cannot be a professional physicist in his spare time.

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