I’ve been getting a lot of emails from young artists lately about getting into art schools (highschools and colleges). I’m answering this one publicly to hopefully help the folk with similar questions:
Q:”I have my heart set on getting into this fantastic art school, specializing in various art medias. (ie. digital art, etc.) I am not very confident in my work, and would like to strengthen certain aspects of my art. My problem areas are basically anatomy, perspective, expression, a lot of key elements. My ultimate goal and dream in life is to be an artist. I just really want to be better! I know that you should never compare your work to other artists’, but I can’t help it! I see all my favorite artist’s work, including yours, and I just feel so envious of the talent levels! So, my question being this: Do you have any tips, good things to study, things I should do to better my art; anything at all? Also, do you have any ideas as to what I should put in my portfolio? Was there anything you studied that helped you out when you were just beginning? That would really help, and I would really appreciate it, but (of course) only if you can. Thank you so much!”
The strategy is to have a practice, and what it means to have a practice is to regularly and reliably do the work in a habitual way.
The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby."
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