Hi there! I'm a newbie!
I've recently joined this site and looked at some of the concept art advice threads here and there. Most of the people who've asked for advice were around 'college freshie' age with at least some experience to their names. (Most weren't aiming for the gaming field either)
The thing is...I'm just a self-taught drawing sophomore in highschool. Me and my brother have this dream of having a gaming company partnership one day. (We've come up with some great ideas together) I have a wacom tablet, but no photoshop.(Which is intimidating) All I have to work with is Microsoft paint.(Which SUCKS...) I'm slightly familiar with Flash now because of this Digital Media Arts camp I've been going to for 4 years. We've made a couple group-work games there so far. Plus it's held at the community college I'm going to go to for a while, so at least I've got some connections with people there who've worked with me. (It may not seem like much but it's pretty big for a community college and the people I know have their fingers in a good deal of pies as well)
-I'm okay with Flash so far (but I hear it's exspensive)
-I know I should learn Photoshop (But I hear it's also expensive and it scares the crap out of me... )
-I have no idea what a tiling texture is or half of the other crazy settings and I'm still struggling with the concept of layers. I'm more of a 'get-to-the-point-paper-pencil' person.
Besides the whole 'draw everyday' and 'look at other's works' thing, is there anything else I should be doing? Am I freaking out for no reason and getting ahead of myself or am I falling behind? What can I do right now at 16? (College doesn't seem that far away anymore)
When I first heard of 'concept art' and 'character concept artist' I immediately thought "Oh! That's perfect! I like drawing people and I'll be able to work with a group of people to evaluate my ideas that'll go in the game....YEAH! I'll be character concept artist when I grow up!! "
Obviously since there's more competition in this feild, I'll have to learn to 'wear different hats'. I can't JUST be a character concept artist, right? Or else I won't get hired? Or is it possible to just stick with one?
I'm sorry if I've come off as comepletely naive and n00bish (Because I am), but I'm growing up in a family of english/math teachers. I literally have NO ONE else to ask. And this site is obviously full of knowledgable and experienced people.