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Someone recently asked me for some advice about going to art college and becoming an illustrator. Here's what I said. Maybe someone here will find this interesting too...

1) It's a tough life as an artist. You need more than just good drawing abilities to get by. I know a lot of people who are WAY better than me but can't make it as artists. You need to be personable and likable. Work on your people skills and be sincere. People can tell when it's fake.

2) Learn a broad range of skills. Don't just focus on illustration, but also learn the fundamentals of design, sculpture, painting, storyboarding, etc... those skill will help you more than you can possibly imagine.

3) Be yourself. Find your own style and really refine it.

4) Don't waste your education. Don't go out and party and drink when you should be studying and doing homework. They give you that homework for a reason!

5) Always try to be the best. Challenge yourself to make your assignments the best in your class. Always try to be #1. You will fail a lot, but the chase makes you better!

6) Take a business class. If your school doesn't offer one, then take one at an associated college or some local community college. You need the basics of running a business to make it as a freelancer.

7) keep in touch with the people you meet in school. You never know who will someday be an art director somewhere and need someone of your skills. Network, network, network!
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:iconkseth:
great advice! Man isn't it a long road?
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Mecha-Zone Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
yeah, it will wear you down pretty quick!
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:iconzanslev:
I was actually thinking about asking you something very similar! Thank you!
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:iconfalloutboy9993:
falloutboy9993 Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for responding to my email! The information is much appreciated!
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:iconmecha-zone:
Mecha-Zone Mar 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
You bet! I only wish the internet existed when I was your age. I can't even imagine how I might have approached the possibility of college if I had all this information and connectivity at my fingertips.
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falloutboy9993 Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am about to graduate and I am a little scared and not sure what to do. This advice is very reassuring. Thank you again.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
Agree w/ all of the above. :thumbsup: :nod:

To be successful commercially, you also have to know how to compromise and take critique. It's not your work. It's the client's work. They bought it. Let them do what they want, even if it seems a shitty idea. Express your opinion, but don't be intransigent. Often times, they don't like the changes themselves, but are bowing to a higher authority above them. Take your ego out of the equation and do what's asked. If your paying professional work isn't totally creatively fulfilling, go bear your inner soul someplace else, on your own dime.

Think of yourself as a mercenary. If the clients says; go kill this... Pick up your weapon and do it.
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:iconrantinan:
Brilliant statement. Applies to us programers too.
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:iconrob-cavanna:
dunno about brilliant... but hang in there programmers! :salute:
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:iconrantinan:
nah. After a very lengthy day of sublimating ego and fulfilling client requests... briliant.
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