I can't speak for what CalArts looks for in an artist's statement, but I did just write one for my own school/job search, and hopefully I can at least get you going a bit!For my class, we were instructed to write something personal, but to also address the industry or a specific aspect of the industry. So for my own statement, I talked about what first sparked my interest in the animation world, and from there talked about the various roles that pertain to drawing and animation. I also discussed how animation allows artists a unique means of storytelling, where the sky is really the limit in terms of creativity and visuals.
So baiscally: I go specific (talking about my beginnings) to broad (the industry and what you like/enjoy about it), and then focus on tying them together. Now, I did it this way as I'm graduating soon, and I found this "formula" worked for me. Since you're using your statement in applying to a school, you may decide to change yours a bit which is totally fine. Should you try and follow what I did, you could use CalArts as a representation of the industry, answering the questions they posed. What about CalArts strikes you as a viable option for your career path? What classes are you looking forward to taking, and what specific skills do you hope to sharpen? What kinds of professional roles do you hope to work in upon graduation?
I hope that helps! If you're still struggling, I'd be more than happy to send you mine and help you edit your own. :)
Dear AnimatedBuzz, I've missed you! Animation school sure keeps ya busy, huh? In the throes of making a stop motion group film this summer under the guidance of Stephen Chiodo. Holy crap that stuff is hard work.
First Year Final Design Assignment at Capilano University
Yon Hui Lee
Finally in Valencia now !!! It's like a dream come true !!! CalArts here I come !!!!!!!!!!