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How does yourt age affect the chances to get in and keep working in the concept art business?
the age issue
in an ideal world you will be judged by talent portfolio and perhaps personality exclusively.
but of course we do live in the real world where everything is a possible factor, especially in a bit of a youth obsessed culture
but lucky for us all your portfolio speaks volumes
if someone sees your portfolio online chances are they will not know your age
this is an industry based on ability
if you cant produce and perform you, 1, will more than likely never get a job
or 2, get a job and lose it right away possibly gaining a bad rep due to an inability to produce meet deadlines and meet quality standards
ill be 30 in 2 months and my career is really just getting started for instance, apart from a few jobs throughout my 20s im starting to get commisioned rather regularly now though i am still on the lookout for full time concept work
the whole thing is a constant learning experience
ups downs flat periods ....... get used to it
all you can do is try
get a portfolio tegether
shop yourself around
worst that can happen is no after no after no
oh by the way a thick skin is helpful
hope this helps
Age just doesn’t matter, unless you happen to be the rare, rare rare rare exception who happens to be a genius artist at the age of twelve, in which case you still need to go to highschool and perhaps college to learn some other things to go along with your super uber art skilz.
Experience, on the other hand, matters a fair bit, particularly in leadership positions. For example, nobody is going to hire a lead artist who has no experience in the industry or in some other leadership position. Concept artists are in a similar position – you’re unlikely to get a job as a concept artist straight out of school, because not only do you need to be a good artist, but you need to have some experience working well with others, responding quickly and positively to critiques, drawing for the technical limitations of the project, sticking to the limits of the intellectual property, and working in a bit of a leadership role. Many of these skills can only adequately be learned while on another job within the games or movie or similar industry.
I think you are awesome, and I wish you the best in your endeavors, but I am tired of repeating myself, I am very busy with my new baby, and I am no longer a regular participant here, so please do not contact me to ask for advice on your career or education. All of the advice that I have to offer can already be found in the following links. Thank you.
Perspective 101, Concept Art 101, Games Industry info,Oil Paint info, Acrylic Paint info, my sketchbook.
couldnt have said it better myself , trevroar. yea man, this is an industry based on skill.
for instance. If you enter in an art contest...and a geeky, pubescent kid beats u....u can kick his ass, u can punch him in the dick if u want.
but, it doesnt stop his art from beating you. therefore, your art is your kungfu. and u know how on those old movies where theyd say "Hmmph Hmmha-hummph....Your kung-fu is good" ?
thats what fuels me to keep drawing.
Nice analogy Marco, never thought of it like that .Originally Posted by marco nelorbut, it doesnt stop his art from beating you. therefore, your art is your kungfu. and u know how on those old movies where theyd say "Hmmph Hmmha-hummph....Your kung-fu is good" ?
thats what fuels me to keep drawing.
One factor that correlates with age is the way with which you carry yourself. Jason Manley said in Montreal that the reason some people are chosen over others is not only for the skill and talent but with which that person interacts with others. You can be an amazing artist no matter what the age, but noone's going to hire you if you're a huge jerk. Not only are the skills necessary, but also good relations between employers, other friends in the industry, etc.
Hope this helps.
Thanx a bunch guys!
The answers are just like the ones I hoped for. Except the punching of the adolescent dick part. That was just magnificant.
That made me laugh.Originally Posted by marco neloru can punch him in the dick if u want.
I was wondering about this myself, and it's a bit of a relief to know that age isn't a factor.
the dick kick
not a factor
the age possible factor
but not likely
but in my situation i would not be pushing myself so hard if it werent for marco he's young
hes amazingly talented
and he has a better drive to make himself better
than anyone i have met outside of andrew jones
the 4 to 5 hours i spent with droid and puddin head
were the most humbling hours of my life
fries blah blah blah what have you
and drew THE WHOLE TIME
if you are feeling insecure about your work
you should be
some people HAVE to draw all the time
some people WANT to draw all the time
and there are others who think art is an easy career choice because they werent good at math
im somewhere in between the first 2 .....where are you?
the truth is
no matter how good you are or want to be
there may be someone better, more dedicated and more experienced
i hope for your sake your future employers cant afford them
thats how folks like myself end up with deadlines
therte will ALWAYS
be someone better than you
and maybe someday
you will be the one who is destroying freelance work like they do
You are right Trevor. Fixed the sig.