My name is Tiana and i recently graduated from The School Of Visual Arts in New York City. During My second year of taking the traditional animation course i wanted to transfer to Cal Arts but i didn't try because i was afraid (I don't know why).
Now that i have graduated i realized that i did not learn the tools need to get a job in what i wanted to do. I want to be in visual development and i do also animate.
I would like to work in a major animation studio but some schools in New York have curriculum's based for people that want to pursue independent animation but my dream is to work at a studio like Disney or Dream Works and More!!!!
Here's my question:
Should i apply for Cal Arts (i hope i get in)?
I feel that i will not only learn more in what i want to do but i will already be located in a place where i want to work. Even if i can only pay for a year i feel it would be worth it.
Should i just continue to try for apprenticeship programs and internships in hopes that i will maybe land a job at one of these studios?
I applied for Disney training program and never got an answer. I applied three times going on my forth this week,i applied for Dream Works, I'm also going to apply for Blue Sky and whole lot more...
Also take a look at my portfolio and life drawings and tell me what you think. Is it even strong enough. To be honest it feel weak to me. I look at tons of references for how a professional porfolio is supposed to look but i still feel like i i'm still lost.
Thank you so much for reading through this lol
Thanks Isaac! Your absolutely right i agree. I think i want it so bad because i dreamed of working at a studio for my whole life and with the pressure of paying back student loans and trying to stay in the art field is really hard and stressful.
That and outside factors makes me feel as if i'm supposed to get a big job in the field immediately. After all ,we payed all this money to go to school it kills me that some of us can't get good paying jobs in our fields right after school even if some people are really good.
Right now i'm working on my Childrens Book and soon an independent animation. I just hope everything works out for me and every one else going though similar struggles. I guess it's just patience.
oh and i have seen your art. It's beautiful!
Congrats on the Cal Arts acceptance! knock'em dead lol!!!!!
okay i havnt read the whole forum posts here but i have just a general question, why do you wanna go to cal arts so bad? SVA is a good school you know? and besides, at the end of the day its all about passion you know? if you have the passion to do what you want you will get to where you wanna go, cal arts or no. im not saying dont reapply exactly, but dont worry if you never go you know? the animation industry is really expanding and there are more opportunities out there than just cal arts. any way good luck! food for thought.
Also, since your in the critique section of the forum, heres my quick little advice that i have on your work, What I think you should try doing is no more watercolor, dont quit 100 percent, its always good to be working in other mediums. however you need a better sense of shape, character, and anatomy
SHAPE - because, its what gives it the drawing more demension, a lot of your drawings appear flat, which isnt very appealing, but dont worry you can work on this by drawing more shapes of the figure, build the figure out of shapes, just draw shapes (thats nothing that will go in your folio, but it is an excellent tool to get better) work on shape it will look awesome.
CHARACTER (life) - They call it life drawings for a reason haha. Now this is what i would suggest working on the most, because it is crucial to this industry, but GET THE CHARACTER IN THE DRWINGS, every pose tells a story, EVERY POSE. find it and expliot it! get the character in the drawing, feel the pose! understand it, look for the most prominate feature of the figure and tell yourself "THAT has to be in my drawing!" it could be the face, it could be the way the body is twisted, the position of the foot, the muscles, (I love drawing the connection of the deltoids to the bicepts and tricepts) GET THE CHARACTER IN YOUR DRAWING. btw, that doesnt mean details, nobody gives a rats ass if they model is wearing ray bans, JUST GET THE CHARACTER!
Now what can you do besides school? You have to get out there besides just classes you need to be drawing 90 percent of the time! you need to go to cafes, parks, zoo's, sva is in new york just go stand out on the streat and start drawing people! you have an unfair advantage if you ask me! you know how many great characters there are in new york, start studying animals, cant find a way to do that, buy a dog, dont wanna buy a dog go to the kennel, dont have a car or cant pay for a taxi (your in art school it would makes sense haha) get on youtube! and dont say you cant do that cause your on animated buzz! i have a thurough belief that THERE ARE NO EXCUSES you wanna be great? you wanna be the best artists you have the key to the door and always have. I always take the Chef Gusteau advice! "You must be imaginative, strong hearted, you must try things that may not work, and you must let no one defy your limits because of where you come from, what I say is true anyone can cook (in this case draw) but only the fearless can be great) Now when i quote that movie i dont exactly mean experiment with your drawing in new mediums but dont be afraid to GO FOR IT. dont judge your choices on what you draw. risk it! your young and you have a lot of time.