Hiya, I'm an aspiring artist/animator. I'm 20, and have loved drawing from when I was small, it wasn't till I was 14 that I made a DeviantART account and started taking art a bit more seriously. Though I got stuck drawing in a certain cartoon style based of a well known cartoonist and because I enjoyed this fandom, style and I was getting more favorites, comments and pageviews because of it I continued drawing in this style for a couple of years ignorant of anatomy, drawing from life, originality. This was really the first time anyone had taken any notice of my art seriously, as before that I wasn't sure I even had a talent. Even my art teacher at school encouraged me to do this style and one of my exam pieces was done this way D= and I got a high grade.
Then I got lead into anime, which I dabbled in for a couple of years believing this was the art I wanted to do.
My high school art classes weren't the best in fact I can't even remember what we did messing around with glue and tissue paper. D=<
I did graphic art and games development in college both again not very good I mainly depended on my knowledge of Photoshop I already knew. @__@
It is only this past year I have realized that I have wasted time when I should have been learning anatomy, and being original. I'm 20 now and can't even put together a portfolio and I still have trouble drawing without references and I can't draw realistic and know nothing about colour theory and my digital art skills are very basic
I'm always putting myself in the 'BEGINNER' category and I'm fed up, I don't want to be a beginner anymore I was to start moving into more professional ground, and being able to have a portfolio and confidently show my work to clients and know I can apply for jobs
Sometimes I feel that I have been doing this too long, I read a thread on here saying 'am I too old to become professional?' but I feel maybe I've been doing this too long, it's like just because someone wants to be an actor, if they can't act they'll never get the job
But this is the industry I want to be in more than anything !!
Please can someone give me advice on how I can 'fast track' my progress, what I need to know, where to learn it, and how can I gain more confidence in my work? Find that motivation and push past the fear, and lack of direction! How can I make up for my crappy education?
Thanks for taking the time to read x