Animation and Art business


Hello. My name is Joana. I'm studying to become a doctor.. and next year will be the last year at University, but as the end approaches I'm realising something.... I'm not sure how happy I'll be working as a doctor, since i really love to draw. One of my biggest dreams is to work as an animator or as a character designer in video games (not sure if that makes any sense lol).

I COULD have studied on those fields... sadly... I only started seeing how much I really love to draw when I entered University. I would use my free time and even some classes, to improve. And now.... I'm like this...

I never had art classes, I CAN'T leave house without my sketchbook, and I barely use my tablet (I have one but I'm still trying to figure how to use it). And yet... I feel frustrated, because I keep wondering and asking to myself "what if...?" Do you think I have what it's needed? What should I improve, what should I do?

I'll put a link to my DeviantArt account where I keep all my drawings, and a link to my tumblr, if you don't mind. (since some nudes may be invisible to people who aren't members on DeviantArt)

DeviantArt account | Tumblr account


Hello Joana!!

first of all i would like to post something i said elsewhere to someone asking similar questions about his career choice;

i know this is several months old, but to you or anyone else out there reading; "follow your dreams" don't live with regret, take it from a guy in his mid thirties now trying to go for his dream of being an animator that he has had since he was 6 but never followed through cause all he ever heard from his parents was "do you wanna die of hunger!!?? artists don't make money"

and yes even though when they said that my thought was "at least i'd die happy" i still left my dreams behind and pursued a "steady income" but not a day passed that i didn't regret it. so recently i took a part-time job that allows me to draw while at work and work less hours a week, i don't know your situation but i am single and have no children so making money isn't really a priority for me. i'm sure that if you talked with your SO about your aspirations they will be understanding, whenever i had girlfriends they were always encouraging me to go for my dreams. and if you need some motivation look at the guy from Titmouse Studio (Chris Prynoski), or older breakouts like Bakshi and Miyazaki, they all left big studios to do the type of animations that they wanted to do.

or take BahiJD for example, who while freelancing out of Austria has worked in games, tv animation and films (Skullgirls, 47 Ronin, Space Dandy, Samurai Champloo, Gravity) if you want it, it's out there man, you just gotta put in the time to research and promote

that said, i have studied the art and animation world extensively, there isn't much demand for traditional 2d animators, though you can still find work in other fields in the animation industry (story boards, character design, clean up, key frame animator, layout artist etc) 3D animators (video games/films) on the other hand are in big demand, same principals, different mediums/software, i suggest you learn both if you are serious about animation.

to be an animator, character designer you usually have to be able to draw a lot of different styles and on model, those are things you're gonna have to address, your style is really girly, not that i think it's a bad thing, i love the art of Laura Laine and Erté (please look at their art if you do not know of them) have you ever thought of other avenues to pursue?? Laura has done work for many fashion magazines, even Vogue, you can go into illustration, portraits, children's books, art for novels, comics etc, that's if you want to continue drawing in your style as i feel you would find more work in those areas. if you really are serious about this you're gonna have to do your own research as extensively as i have. you probably guessed this already but you will likely not make as much money doing art as you would in the medical field, and what i've gathered from the many freelancer interviews i have watched/listened to there will be periods where you will have work and periods where you will have no work if you freelance.

if you haven't been frightened off from following art here are things i saw in your drawings that needs some work; you're anatomy (draw more from life,study books), drapery (your cloths often look stiff and unrealistic,again study from life and use references when drawing cloths), perspective/foreshortening (vary your angles, have you ever tried drawing a human in a 3/4 top view?? or from below??), digital colors (just keep practicing and watching tutorials, concentrate on values and techniques)

as for "do i have what it takes" that's completely up to you, you have improved a lot since 2011, you can take your art as far as you want and you don't have to be the best or most realistic artist to get jobs, the people who succeed in the art world are those who are tenacious and brave...oh yeah, and on time, deadlines are really important.

so there you go, if you have any questions or comments feel free to add


Though I haven't personally seen your artwork, I know my artwork improved ten times over when I started studying the "right" way to draw and paint, digitally or otherwise. I'm a self-taught cartoonist as well, and I have often wondered the same things you have: What if... I become rich and famous for my art? What if... etc.

I learned not to worry too much about what might happen, and just draw. Also, never stop learning new things. In 2008, I made the switch from traditional drawing to all-digital drawing, which I found out had a new set of skills to learn. But I learned them, and I'm still learning ever more of them.

So my advice: Never stop learning new ways of drawing, painting, and otherwise. Never give up on learning to draw the "right" way. And never let criticism from family, friends, or other artists discourage you from pursuing an art career, if that's what you truly want deep down in your soul.

Also, if money is a concern, learn new ways to get your money up. And I don't necessarily mean cut back on spending; I mean find ways to earn more money. Animation isn't the only thing an artist can do in this world, and it isn't even the most lucrative. I can think of 20 different jobs an artist who likes drawing characters and such can get. And if all avenues lead to dead ends, you can always try your hand at independently publishing your works. If you get the right teacher to teach you a better way, that could be the most lucrative of them all.

And, share every experience you have in which you learn something new. Blog it, Tweet it, post it on Facebook, just share your journey. People love that. That's what I learned.

Good luck. I look forward to hearing about your progress.

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