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Art School VS Self Taught

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 5:54 PM
I know that this is a touchy subject, but I figured I would talk about it for my July journal entry.



Why art school?
As someone who has had experience with college art classes, I will definitely say that the wide range of mediums, versatility, and insight is fantastic. You learn to look at things differently, you learn about a great variety of artists, and you get to learn some tricks of the trade from your teachers (well, depending on the teacher.) You methodically carry out assignments that are designed for helping you improve ( if you want good grades at least.)

HOWEVER

There are limitations to art school as well. Out of sheer honesty, I'd say it depends on the individual when it comes to deciding whether or not art school is right for you. I personally enjoyed my experiences and improved from the ones I've had.

Here is my list of potential pros and cons:

PROS

  • Dedicated application of what your learning. In other words, you may feel more determined to keep up with your peers.
  • An environment where you get to work with what the professionals are using.
  • Direct critique.
  • Connection making (which is EXTREMELY important in this field of study.)
  • Getting the "inside tips/know-hows," so to speak.

CONS

  • Subjectivity to what the teacher determines is good or bad.
  • Costs. The costs are ridiculous for most of these institutions.
  • Limitations in regards to the freedom to advance one's personal "style." (This may or may not apply, but you'd be surprised how often it does.)
  • Spending more time working on topics that do not interest you.
  • Becoming a jack of all trades but master of none.


All in all, if you can afford it and are good enough, by all means, absolutely go for it. On the other hand, if you're dirt poor like me, think and rethink again. Schools like CalArts, Ringling, RISD, and etc. are astronomically expensive, and we no longer live in a world where jobs are easy to find (in fact, art jobs have ALWAYS been pretty difficult to find. It's just tougher now more than ever.)

There are scholarships and grants available if you're incredibly talented (which I for one am not. I've worked hard to get where I am at now.) So there is another thing to consider.

Why self taught?

I won't ramble on for this side of the coin because it pretty much speaks for itself. I'll give you some perspective though. First and foremost, art is a business, just like anything else. You gotta make money to do what you want to do. Dividing that thin line between happiness and wealthiness has always been a challenge for people. Just how far do you go to get what you want without falling into poverty?

Being self taught has benefits and limitations as well. The biggest plus to this one is the substantial savings in costs. You won't owe your life to a college. But, the road is a lot rockier, and you must be even more determined. You're teaching yourself. You're putting yourself out there. You're trying everything out and experimenting on your own without the guidance of a master. You are in fact, taking a greater chance at failure.

What I mean by this is simple.

To be self taught, you must be a visionary maniac.

Masashi Kishimoto couldn't stand art school because he thought it inhibited his vision. He went on to create one of the most famous manga series ever. Tracy Butler, the creator of Lackadaisy, was self taught and has one of the most successful web-comics out there. Vincent van Gogh, well, the name speaks for itself. Tex Avery didn't exactly like the Art Institute of Chicago, so he went on trying to do his own thing with his comics. He eventually became a stapled name up there with Disney, Jones, and Clampett. One of my favorite lines of his is this: “I was never too great an artist. I realized there at Lantz’s that most of those fellows could draw rings around me.” Yet, the man contributed to creating some of the most famous cartoon characters of all time.

Walt Disney himself never attended college.

That is enough proof for me that there is more to art than just the art.

There must be a meaning and a soul behind it. That's what separates the best from the famous.

So thus my friends I'll leave you with these thoughts. There are many unique ways to look at this topic, and again, I think it's wonderful that we do have schools today that can show you the way and offer incredible connections and opportunities. But you know what? Sometimes, it's better to scrape your own knees and get back up yourself, because only then, can you truly see the way meant for you as an artist.


  • Mood: Movingon
  • Listening to: Rock n' ROLL!
  • Reading: Textbooks...Gah
  • Watching: Old cartoons
  • Playing: Chess
  • Eating: Air
  • Drinking: Tea

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☢A quiet and calculating fiend who schemes in the middle of nowhere.☢
Wotcha! Welcome to this little corner of madness that I have labeled "home," so to speak. I am a human being composed of oddities and ends which thus construct my thoughts and actions; which dutifully, never adhere to my will (most of the time.)

I believe in being a part of the 1%; the group of those who actually prefer to think outside of the box with intrinsic creations of brilliant originality. Works of art and etc. that capture you with their majestic awkwardness and quirks.

Be unique, defy the odds, and become the pioneer.

I use a variety of tools for my creations, though I am partial to digital art. I have been drawing for years, striving everyday to get better and better and better. My mind is hooked with a vicious metal grip on the stern method of hard work and never giving up.

I am nowhere near the best, but for me, the finish line is drawn deeply and powerfully there. Within this small crevice, you will find original art, Sonic the Hedgehog, many cartoons, some anime, and perhaps a tutorial or two.

Feel free to elaborate on any feelings you wish to share with me; I am an inquisitive person, and every word or image I take in goes into the storage section of my cranium.

The more the merrier I always say.

Cheers! Indulge into my gallery if you wish. Otherwise, good day and consider coming again!

Heh heh heh!

F.A.Q.



Q. Do you do requests?
A. As of the time being I'm too busy with other projects. Sorry!

Q. Do you do commissions?
A. I will announce when they are open.

Q. Do you do collaborations?
A. Only if I think we can see eye to eye skill/artistically-wise. I don't have time to work with everyone, although I wish I did.

Q. What tools do you use for art?
A. Adobe Photoshop CS2, Manga Studio Debut 4.0, and a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet (along with paper, pencils, etc. etc. For animation, I use traditional paper and DigiCel Flipbook.)

Q. Can we be friends?
A. Sure!!! Feel free to ask me anything at anytime. I mostly appreciate artistic conversations!

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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama, my friend!
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PercyPo Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
No problem man! :D You're a cool person and one of the few people who take the time to leave comments often!

People appreciate that! :)
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I help it?
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TheHOTChocolate911 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow I love your art style! *_* 
do you think we could do an art trad of a single character? :3
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PercyPo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
As of the time being I am very time limited, but in the future I may open commissions or something of the like! :)
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TheHOTChocolate911 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh ok thank you :)
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Kova360 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015   Digital Artist
Hi
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PercyPo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hello hello! :)
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Kova360 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015   Digital Artist
What's up ?
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sonicthepony89 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Have you tried doing Dark Sonic yet?
I think you would like him since you like dark things... I think.
sonic.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Soni…
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