Hi Tori! So like, I'm a sophomore in high school, and I started taking art seriously pretty late compared to a lot of people (I only started taking formal art classes last year) and I feel like I'm really behind, like my art isn't as good as yours was 2 years ago. And I really want to get into Calarts and go into animation, but I'm worried it's too late now and impossible to catch up no matter what I do. Any advice?
Trust me, you’ve got plenty of time. I actually didn’t consider art school until I was a sophomore too, and I prepared for a year and half for RISD actually for illustration, and actually didn’t consider Calarts (or frankly, a career in animation) until September.
Your art skill right now has little to do with what you can do. To be honest I was definitely not prepared for art school last year with my skill level, but I put a ton of hours into just working, just sitting down and grinding stuff out, and I improved. And so will you if you put in the time and dedication.
Also remember that it’s okay to wait longer. There’s plenty of older art students, especially at rigorous places like Calarts or Art Center. There’s no stigma against starting your career later.
Good luck man! You’ve definitely got the potential to get it together
love your artwork!!! :o I was wondering...what would you recommend to anyone who also wants to apply to CalArts?
For applying, bottom line: Just Draw
Begin prep as early as is realistic. DEFINITELY read the requirements well and have a good idea of what sort of material you need to prepare.
What I did: pored over forums, looked at way too many portfolios, stressed, drew, cried a lot.
It’s super stressful but it’s rewarding. Even if you get rejected, you can always try again, use that as motivation to improve even more. If you commit, you can do it! Most of all, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
So I collectively got asked all the questions (o u guys) so HERE I GO gonna compile it all into one!.
1: Take a picture of your workspace.
I basically live here i.e it’s a giant mess i.e don’t be me.
2: Show your pencil case and what’s inside.
I switch it up from time to time. I used to more use more microns, now I’m leaning towards ball point ink pens.
3: Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a “doodle” it is.
The last thing I actually drew was my film animatic but i’m too lazy to fetch the file so here’s something from my sb during art club. It is very good i like it i am incredible.
4: Lineart or coloring?
Both are important. I love ink though, trad and digital, but i don’t do lineart usually just a bs half sketch.
5: Who/what inspires you?
Lots of people azertip feature haha, people in the animation industry, people who are very clever with their art in design placement (so much awe), but also people who have indomitable spirits and great work ethic, people who are nice and make me feel motivated cause they’ve got such a nice spirit. People who have gone through a lot of shit but stick it up and use it to create something ferocious and fantastic.
6: Draw a same pic with your dominant and non-dominant hand.
I actually should draw them more though. Poor poor neglected outdated ocs.
8: Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?
Janelle Monae | Stromae | Supercell | Kenshi Yonezu | Akiakane | Teki-P | Deco*27 | VOCALOID IN GENERAL K | Bastille | MIKA | Regina Spektor | Daft Punk | Standing Egg | High School Musical (the pleasure that i iron on my chest and display for the world to see)
9: Favorite thing to draw?
Cat Ladies, Lisa Frank, lumpy fat things (i.e fingers, kids, skin folds),
10: Least favorite thing to draw?
bikes *painful wheezing*
11: Draw a pic of yourself like how you look just now.
you caught me in a barad mood
12: Any weird artist behavior you admit doing?
I don’t care anymore when I stare at people while drawing them. They gotta get over it.
i sporadically check to see if i’ve lost any pens. Actually becoming more serious about art has made me lose way less art supplies because this stuff costs me an earlobe.
Whenever I do nothing i keep thinking about my ocs. Actually i think about art daily. I think about it every waking moment of my day. Heh heh, hey kids, wanna get into art. Ya better think about it all day and draw it all day womp womp.
i just doodle things I see in my sketchbook, how does one become an artist ; ^ ; like its hard to draw something finished or original i guess? any tips ? thanks ' o ' <3
Doodling is a great start! It’s so important to have a sketchbook. I didn’t realize this until I started keeping one regularly. Especially if you carry one around with you, you can always find pockets of time to draw and a place to jot down visual notes through life drawing, which will help you improve faster and obtain more ideas.
Originality starts with the culmination of a vast library of knowledge and influences. The more you go out and see information, whether that be through drawing your surroundings, learning from books and other resources, studying the work of your favorite artists online, or even in the non-artistic knowledge you accumulate.
Really, sitting in front of a blank paper and forcing yourself to make an original finished piece won’t work well. This is because you’re focusing on the product instead of your vision. Kind of like you’re focusing too much on the end instead of the process.
You can give yourself projects if you want to focus on something, but give yourself limits, because creativity operates better when you have restrictions, interestingly enough. Read some interesting stories, watch some great movies, try to make characters that build upon some concepts you find interesting. Again, the more knowledge you consume the bigger the potential for ideation.
Good luck. Don’t worry too much about end results like if you’ll have original artwork, if you’ll have a nice style, or if you’ll make good quality work. Just Draw.
Do you live in California? If not, then how do you plan to settle into Valencia and pay for thousands of dollars on airfare annually? I'm in Florida but an aspiring Calarts alum, so I was wondering if you had any insight or advice maybe.
I think you should ask an actual person who is going to Calarts or someone from the admissions dept @ Calarts because although financial stuff is important I’m more concerned at this point about actually getting into the school before I worry about expenses…sorry U_U
HAHA well I MEAN I don’t know if I’ll get IN Calarts or not. There’s tons of other blogs by actual Calarts students who probably can give more accurate advice.
Basically what I did to prepare was a ton of figure drawing like give yourself enough time to have that period where you just hunker down and grind those drawings out. Don’t give yourself expectations, don’t get yourself down if you’re bad. Just Do. You’ll get better when you spend hours and hours and hours just doing it. I guarantee.
Practice smart too, be sure you can assess what weakness you have and what you can work on. Don’t hound other people’s styles.You’re trying to find your style, not copy others. People can tell if you’re copying another style because there’s mistakes in the style that aren’t informed.
It’s good to see examples of accepted students but set your artistic inspirations high. Look at actual industry professionals. Calarts alums, really anyone working in the industry you want to be in.
But also get exposed to stuff other than Calarts people because why not, why are you restricting yourself to a certain style. Keep drawing inspiration from quality people from all walks of art really.
Just draw, and draw smart, and draw what you want (within the portfolio guidelines, ofc)
your sketchbooks look amazing! what do you use? a moleskine? Im looking for a new sketchbook, would you mind recommending me some? Thank you so much ^^
Thanks so much! I’ve used a variety of sketchbooks. For the majority of the year I used a Pentalic Travelers sketchbook. More info on that here.
I bought this moleskine a year ago because I wanted to try it out but I don’t recommend it at all for wet stuff it’s just gross and it bleeds through. It’s super smooth though if you like nonexistant grain. It’s the BEST for stuff like pencils and colored pencils and dry media. Markers go on pretty well too but don’t expect an even-looking coating since the paper absorbs the ink weirdly. It also lays flat which is SO NICE (great for scanning) and it’s nice and sturdy in terms of binding too. I’ve heard there’s a few different types of sketching moleskines? Or they used to make them whiter in color? I just bought whatever was in stock at my local store.
I also have a watercolor moleskine which is good for wet media but I haven’t used it that much.
Right now I’m trying to just not buy any sketchbooks and sort through the mess of half-finished sketchbooks I have lying behind me. It’s gonna be a challenge.