Some luck dragons I’ve been working on the past couple of days. I love The Neverending Story, even though I still think the movie is creepy as hell.
justateenybitinsane asked: Hello, Miss Park! My name is Teju Abiola and I would like your advice. I'm a high school junior interested in visdev/character design, but I don't know which major—animation or illustration—will best suit my goals. You completed an animation program, so if you could offer any advice and your experience I'd appreciate it. Also, I'm more of an advanced beginner, and therefore have no figure drawing experience or the like. Any portfolio development advice would be great as well. Thank you!
It depends on the school, but to pursue vis dev/character design, I would lean slightly more towards choosing an Illustration program which will allow you to focus more on drawing and painting. Although Animation programs are valuable too, and will offer a better opportunity to explore other areas of production, but you will likely spend more time animating than designing characters and concepts.
Whichever you choose, it’s best to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things. I went to art school convinced that I wanted to be animator, but I found that in practice it wasn’t for me. It also helps to be aware of how highly competitive the industry is. There is too much talent and too few jobs. Be prepared to work very, very hard to stand out from the crowd.
Figure drawing is crucial to your portfolio, find a life drawing class in your area and attend as often as you can. If that’s not an option, try sitting in a cafe and drawing the people around you, or even at home - draw your family/friends/pets. Draw from life as much as possible and fill your portfolio with those drawings. That’s what art schools will be looking for.
Hope that helps!
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