thatpartwhereiart asked: Hello! My name is Clare; I'm a senior in high school and an aspiring artist. I am trying to make college decisions between two schools: an art school and a prestigious state school. To help me I want to ask artists I admire on tumblr: What are your thoughts on going to art school? If you don't have the time/don't want to answer this, that's cool and if you do reply, thanks a bunch, this would really help me. :)
this another question i get often and don’t know how to answer!!! haahahahaha ayyy
so basically last night i was talking to my friend and something was said along the lines of “dude we are getting college degrees in art how fucking stupid is that??? *laughter” rite rite SO
i PERSONALLY don’t believe that you can “teach” art or “learn” art. i don’t believe you ever need a degree in something art related to go into an artistic profession if you’re skilled already, or to just plain BE an artist, especially now in our ~internet world~ where you can make your own career just self publishing online. some people are just so self-motivated and talented and hard working that they can just learn stuff on their own and hop on into the industry. and then there are, like myself, plenty of people who need more time to prepare….and prodding…
art school will not help you discover your love of art, or turn you into an artist. you gotta already have those things coming in. art school is kinda like a little nest where you can hang out and sharpen up your skills and gather more knowledge so that when you hop outta the nest, you can direct yourself and know what the hell you’re doing and have the skills you need to be a pro at whatever it you want to do. some people don’t need a school environment to get all that, but plenty do!!
so my call is only go to art school if you are 1000% sure you want to go into an artistic profession and need guidance and training. art school is… like… really hard. and it will push you VERY MUCH. and if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing it’s gonna suck. realtalk
Anonymous asked: UM!!!!!!! Hi, sorry, I was just considering colleges to go for after my first 2 years at community college, and I was wondering, from the point of view of someone who's both one of my prospective majors and a lot of experience with the school, is SVA like...a good school? that sounds sorta dumb, but im honestly worried that if i put my time and efforts and go there it wont be worth it okay sorry bye thank you ;w;
ummm i got asked a lot about sva and stuff i kinda honestly don’t know how to answer a lot of the time, yknow???
i know people who love it here, people who hated it, plenty in between. i myself am really enjoying the experience i’m getting by being here, having had the teachers i had and having met the friends i did- i’ve learned and improved a ton, and i’ve gotten a lot out of being here. at the same time i do have plenty of issue with how the animation curriculum is set up and how disorganized the school and be in general, etc
all i can say about sva is that it’s what you make of it. if you come in with an open mind and willing to challenge yourself, figure out how to use the college to best suit your needs, and take your school and work very seriously, then you’re probably golden. if you come in and don’t take responsibility then you may find yourself wasting a lot of time and money
sva can be an awesome school and will get you places but only if you put in the work
Anonymous asked: Hey, so I'm interested in going to SVA after I finish high school (in about a year) and just all the artists I've seen that go there have really super perfect anatomy and great styles and everything and it just worries me a little bit ^^, I have a style that I draw in that's comfortable for me and that a good amount of people like, but I'm mostly just worried about my anatomy. When you submit your portfolio to SVA, about how good do they expect your anatomy drawing skills to be?
welllll the thing you have to remember about art school is that no matter what level you’re entering at, high school or college or anything there will be people with all different backgrounds and skill levels entering alongside you. so depending on which school and which program, there is a lot of variety in portfolios so it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is being looked for in terms of previous experience, potential, etc. plus since a lot of people enter art school with not a lot of previous training, classes like drawing 101 and anatomy are required at some point whether some people already have a grasp of it or not
so asdfgdfgd here’s what i say: i don’t know what level you see yourself at, but if you have an interest in improving your anatomy on your own, or feel the need to do it, then do it!! it’s only going to help you. try to attend figure drawing sessions somewhere if you can- nude drawing is VERY helpful for gaining an understanding of anatomy and proportion, plus it will give you some spankin portfolio pieces. and forreal, try to push yourself out of your comfort zone sometimes. you’re clearly very interested in your art and attending sva, so act on that enthusiasm anon. follow your dreaaamsss and good luck!!
myartspoop asked: Dude dude dude dude dude, for one I'm applying to sva in... November? O3o and... I've been making my portfolio a big creative monster xD anyway, i came to say one I love your series you have going, and secondly, o3o how the fire truck do you get your lines to smooth and not all pixelly that's one of my biggest problems I have!
firstly sorry for late answer
secondly, good luck!! that’s awesome so i hope you make it in
thirdly, i personally find that the best way to make clean digital lines is to work quickly. i ink using quick gestures rather than inking slowly and dedicating to a line as i make it. though i often mess up when working quickly, i just undo and redo until i get it right. just remember that the slower you go, the more pen movement your computer is able to pick up. personally, i don’t have very steady hands plus i’m pretty heavy handed so working slowly gives me wobbly lines and less pressure control. basically, these are a couple really quick doodles inked from the same rough sketch; the left is slowhand and the right is quick:
so yeah, you can see the diff. really, you just have to practice and we what works best with your process, but this is my personal way…!!
cruisinginmycumulus asked: I was just about to ask you for tips for drawing the face from a model in any of the life drawing classes you've done (uni started back up for me *noises*) and i noticed that you havent uploaded like any faces/heads! OVERWHELMING DEVASTATION! Anyways any tips for drawing with in a time limit hehehe- thx \(*m*)/ ~<3
late reply cos i was busy last week and wanted to give this a proper answer. OK WELL the reason i don’t really do faces that much is because i’m not really that good at it hahaha…. the way i draw faces is really stylized (the measurements i use for my faces are off from realistic proportions) and that tends to screw me up when doing realistic portraits. but here’s what i do when i have to draw a realistic portrait that captures a likeness
look it’s rdj!!!?
so if i had to draw a portrait of rdj i’d start by taking the measurements of the face. think of it as making a ruler specifically for the face- marking off where on the entire length of the head are the top and bottoms of the ears, brow, eyes, bottom of nose, mouth, hairline, etc. also i’d take note of the bone structure and shape of the hairline
and then you just transfer you measurements and apply your observations to draw a face that captures a likeness
scary demon rdj sorry, idk i guess it looks like him lol i gave up. but i did do this fairly quickly!! NOW THO this may be harder to do with a live model, but i guess you could always just do some quick thumbnails off to the side of the whole drawing. everything you need is right in front of you, just take notes and observe realllly hard…
and a general note on drawing with a time limit? don’t focus on and get sucked into one part of the drawing, and work on the entire drawing at once. like if you’re drawing a nude, don’t do the face first then the torso then the right arm then etc. rough everything out at once and detail everything uniformly. that way when time is out you at least have a whole drawing rather than pieces. one of my old drawing teachers used to say, “a drawing is like a baby; if you don’t take care of all of it, it will die”!!!!!
so yeah i haven’t done one these in a while but i hope it’s… something
Anonymous asked: Hi, I have a question about SVA if you don't mind. I'm kind of in a difficult financial situation right now, but I really wanna go to SVA and I know it's expensive. I think that with grants, scholarships, and maybe a few loans I can pull it off. My question is do you think SVA is worth it? I don't mind going through all this if it can get me a legit education and job opportunities, but I'm really nervous about it. I know some art schools are scams and I'm not saying SVA is but is it worth it?
oops i forgot to answer this before. alright so i think i answered a question like this before and it’s…. difficult to answer? (you have to bear in mind that i can only speak for so much of the school, and i’m in one of the smallest majors so) i’ll put it this way: sva isn’t a scam in any way of course. it’s a legit place and lot’s of very talented and successful people teach here and have studied here… that’s not to say everything the school has to offer is WOW AMAZING!! i’ve taken a couple bullshitty classes and i was like, wow i can’t believe this is a class really (coughactingforanimatorscough) but hey you get out of it all what you put in. even in classes where i know i don’t like it or have to try too hard to get a good grade, i still put in a lot of effort because i’m forking out a lot of money to be here, and sometimes i even end up inspiring myself for future projects
so what i’m saying is there is a lot to get out of sva, or any good art college, but YOU have to make it worth your time and money. and i’m not trying to downplay the school; you CAN and probably WILL get an awesome education and make connections and get jobs thru sva but it’s not an automatic thing, you gotta werq!! idk about your situation, but that’s my take on it all
Anonymous asked: Yes, um, hello there! I've been sorta stalking the HSPVA tag in hope of seeing what exactly the school itself is like and all. I've been meaning to audition for the next school year and I saw you answered a question about it. I've been trying to gather my best works for a portfolio, but I feel as if I'm not good enough to audition anymore since I don't enjoy straying too far out of my 'comfort zone' when it comes to art and I'm afraid my art style won't appeal to others. Should I still audition?
hey there! hahaha always happy to help out with hspva-hopefuls; that place is very dear to me and it’s like the best place to be if you’re a young aspiring artists. firstly, don’t stress that you’re isn’t “good enough”; the fact of the matter is that you’re still just a kid and you’re not expected to have like any artistic training. when auditioning for hspva, you’re being tested more on your potential and creativity than on your technical skill. tbh auditioning as a sophomore is later than you’d want to. i don’t really know how that works but you’d definitely miss out on a lot of the foundation and overall development that happens in the first couple years. but ofc i’m sure it can be done
however, frankly, if you’re serious about an artistic career and want to improve, you’ll have to get over it and push yourself to try new methods- especially if you fear your style is unappealing. drawing styles can be changed, even if it feels “natural”! after all you draw differently than you did when you were 5, because you were influenced by the art you grew up with, whatever it was. find new influences that you find appealing and draw from them. my #1 style advice is: do something COMPLETELY different that what you always do! yes it’s gonna a gross and bumpy experience and it’s not gonna happen over time but you will learn and you will likely improve
also it’s good that you know what you’re aiming for, some take a lot longer to find out. be sure to keep your goals in mind whenever you feel discouraged about your art; realistically you’ll have to be a very good artist who is very comfortable and confident in your work and your skills in order to land that dream job. so if you ever find yourself dissatisfied with how your work is coming along just remember that YOU HAVE GOALS TO REACH AND STUFF and that’s your incentive to get better and work harder!
back to the first point, i say obvs do the hspva audition and see what happens! idk about late entry but if you can attend there it’s a really great place to be, esp since you know you want to aim for a career in the art. either way, have a little more confidence and your work, and don’t be so afraid to experiment and stuff. good luck with your audition, work, and goals kiddo (and i hope this post makes sense cos wow i am out of it rn)
theawkwardyeti asked: Would you please explain how to art faces and eyes? I have a lot of trouble with eyes and I love to see how other people draw them :)
i haven’t done a help post in a while so heh why not. this is gonna be mostly about how i draw personally hurhurhur since you asked…
uhh well, faces:
the left is a face with more realistic proportions- the eyes are about around the center point of the head and everything is lined up accordingly (sometimes it’s easy to forget that eyes are at about halfway because hair hides how big the head is). ADMITTEDLY i stray from the correct proportions- how i usually draw faces is on the right. i tend to elongate the face due to how i stylize things (this gives me a lot of trouble when i try to draw portraits lol)
for eyes well i draw big ol’ round eyes. so they’re still like almond-y shaped but very round when they’re open completely
when i place the eyes on the head i usually draw them in completely open because it makes it easier to see where the eyebrow and nose go- the nose and the brow pretty much surround the eyes socket so i draw the whole eye in there so i’m not having eyebrow on eyelids or any weird placements
all eyes are basically the same in that they’re balls shoved into holes so what really makes them different is the shape of the eyelids andthe skin around the eye
so yeah…! i guess that’s how i draw stuff. hope you enjoyed that little journey into my thought process orz
Anonymous asked: hey, if you're applying to sva, when is the best time to submit your portfolio/application? Thanks in advance :D
lol before the deadline….
i say submit your apps as soon as you can! like, don’t rush if you need time to put together your portfolio or whatever, but once you’re satisfied with it just submit it and get on with your life
OH BUT BE AWARE OF SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES just make a calendar of deadlines for every school you’re interested #thingsiwishididwheniapplied
redrobotwednesdays asked: I am really interested in going to sva for college but I am kinda worried about the portfolio. Do you have any tips or could you tell me some of the stuff that you put in it? C: that would be sooo helpful because for some reason the website won't open for me today :V Also when do you think is a good time to submit your portfolio to the school? Thank you!!
sorry i got this question when the power was out due to sandy (which is also why the sva site was down). i just realized it was college app season. i was wondering why i was getting a bunch of sva questions orz!
now i can’t speak for all majors (like photo or film or whatnot) but usually your portfolio should reflect both your technical skills and your creativity. it’s super important that you include lots of observation drawings- at least half of your portfolio should be observation work! your personal work should reflect YOU- what you’re interested in, what mediums you like, what makes you unique.
(BUT REMEMBER some schools have specific or stricter requirements so remember to check before!)
i have a list of what was in my portfolio when i applied here. and once you have your porfolio ready, submit it asap! it’s just nice to get it done and out of the way