nolifecomic said: Hello, My name is Pasqual Artise. I'm an aspiring animator about to start my first fall semester in college, and I was wondering if you had any tips for students who really want to excel in their art classes? I don't just want to take the classes and get by, I want to show my professors that I'm REALLY serious about a career in art. I know that the majority of this must be said through actions and hard work, but if you have any tips I would greatly appreciate!
My best advice is to work your hardest and make sure you are proving to yourself how dedicated you are through that hard work! Your teachers are going to do their best to give you new ideas to think about and techniques to practice, but it’s really up to the student to take that info and chew on it. Here’s a list of seven specific things you can do, that I observe my most successful students doing:
- Draw all the time. Carry your sketchbook everywhere and draw everything. (And draw from life - examine and reinterpret reality)
- Use your teachers. Listen to their lectures, read the books they tell you to, practice the techniques they show you. You will still have a thousand questions - ask them for help and advice! You are paying for their expertise and they are an amazing resource.
- …But don’t wait for your teacher to give you direction. In your off time, make the work you want to make. Try different media, styles, ideas, techniques out.
- Develop a community with your peers. One of the most important and overlooked parts of being in school is being surrounded by other artists and designers. Make clubs or meet up for coffee and talk about art! Critique each others work! Make challenges for each other! Be competitive and push each other to make better work!
- Experiment a ton. If an assignment asks for 10 thumbnails, make 20! If something you do doesn’t come out the way you want, try it another way. If it does come out the way you want, STILL try it another way. Don’t ever get comfortable and always do more than is asked of you.
- Look at other artists in and out of your field. You should be inspired by hundreds of historic and contemporary artists, and you should know their names and their work. Your work should never look like just one of these artists, but the lovechild of all of them and everything else you’ve ever seen in your entire life.
- Have other interests. The world around you is huge and the more things you’ve experienced and observed, the richer and more believable your drawings will be.
Hope that helps some, best of luck this fall!