I am determined, but I am desperate for help...
I want to become a concept artist for a game development company. I want to do this for a living primarily because I love art, video games, and where the video game industry is going. I know that if I want to achieve such an ambition, I will have to WORK MY ASS OFF, for years. I realize I will have to move to B.C., or Alberta, in order to get my name out there and come across opportunities.
I know that it is very tough to acquire a job as a concept artist with the limited availability of positions and all the competition... so, I have considered that I would go to a technical school for education in becoming a 3D artist/animator. Through this my chances of breaking into the industry would rise. And this way, I would be in the industry as 3D artist/animator for the experience, the resume & portfolio, and to pay the bills; while still practicing night & day, and searching for a job as a concept artist. I could even see myself doing both jobs for a company.
I assure you, I'm prepared to sacrifice a lot for this, and my plan of action is this:
-Practicing art at least 8 hours a day.
-Studying, and drawing from all kinds of life.
-Learning how to properly draw weapons, clothing, anatomy, transportation, architecture, environments etc.
-Taking a Fine Arts class and an Art History class; and whatever else that may improve my knowledge and skill of the arts. Any recommendations...?
-And lastly... by dedicating my life to art.
I stress - I am ready to devote my life to this - there is nothing I want more - and I will do everything it takes. I need to hear from someone who is already a concept artist or 3D artist/animator, and I need them to tell me their journey, and how they did it. Here are some questions:
1. What kind of education did you attain to move forward?
2. Exactly how did you get a job as a concept artist or 3D artist/animator?
Any further advice is greatly appreciated; but please be specific, I need all the help and wisdom of experienced people I can get to arrive at my calling.
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