Unfortunately, I’m a part of the 700 people laid off today.
That said! Looking forward to everything new with a smile. I’ve been planning a children’s book and a short comic that I haven’t had time to work on whilst doing full time work. I’ll be updating lots of work as I do some freelancing for a few months, and then we’ll see what’s in store for me!
I could be sad, but instead I think this is a great opportunity to do some wonderful new art!!
That and this is honestly the BEST severance package I’ve ever gotten from a job. I’m officially on the books for two more months, so I’m gonna be practically living in LA and going to Disneyland all I can until my pass expires x3
Thank you SO much for your concern, and for being a fan of my art! I hope you continue to love the things I produce :) I will be at APE, Wondercon, and hopefully several other cons this year. I’ll look forward to seeing you, too.
I’m going to read deeper into this question than you may be asking, because art isn’t about art school.
Short answer: Yes. I’m a graduate of Academy of Art University from San Francisco. I studied traditional illustration and focused on children’s book and film/game concept art.
That said, art school isn’t what makes an artist. I worked my butt off barely sleeping and doing TONS of work in my four years of art school. Many students I graduated with who didn’t want to work very hard and just slide on by either didn’t graduate, or aren’t working right now. At the same time, several self taught people I knew who just worked their butt off every day on their personal work are making a living as an artist, too.
Art school is just VERY useful for getting feedback, information on the industry, and for making connections.
I had never heard of this, but apparently when I googled I had an account?
That said, I probably won’t be using it. I don’t read as much anymore, but I tend to be all over some cool comics I pick up, Dean Koontz, and then the occasional fantasy story. Most of my book shelf is honestly reference books and art books from movies (and then a whole Dean Koontz section)
My childhood favorites, though, would be something like Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, and then Garth Nix’s Abhorson trilogy.
I have a secret for you…. Most all pro artists I know and speak to have jokingly told me how they’re terrified that one day someone will find out that they don’t actually know what they’re doing!!
The thing is that all artists have off days where we just sort of question why we’re even doing what we’re doing and how we’ll ever make an impact in the art world. It’s very easy to see all of our own shortcomings and to pinpoint those glaringly obvious mistakes and realizing that no matter how hard we try we know we could have done better….
What I try and do in these situations is to take a step back…. An artists brain is always five years ahead of the BEST their hands can do! Once you realize that you can start to realize that it’s ok if you’re not perfect right now, because you’re still (and always will be) growing.
Now, for instance you’re frustrated on a particular artwork… Depending on if it’s a sketch or a personal painting or a commissioned artwork, you probably just need to step back and give the artwork fresh air. If you go through my tumblr even you can sometimes see sketches that I post and then don’t even touch again for a few months. Sometimes something just isn’t working like perhaps your anatomy or painting skills are lacking. Or you’re just not feeling like finishing it at that moment. There’s no reason that every piece needs to be done in one sitting. I have tons of wip art I put aside to work on when I feel feel inspired including larger pieces that I really DO wanna finish. You can also approach the break as a period of sturdy to see what the issue is. If anatomy is the issue, spend a few days doing anatomy studies to hone your skills. If you like an idea but hate the pose, spend a couple days doing gesture sketches and see if you can steal one of your sketches to use in the final! Or, sometimes you may just need a mental break, so take a day off, but definitely don’t make excuses EVERY DAY or you’ll get nothing done.
Basically, don’t give up! We all have bad days and often all it takes is taking a step back to try and remember again what was the passion that initially drove you to create. Find it, hold it, and draw!