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DarkPika-Sama Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Have something to back yourself up but other than that, more power to you! :D
AlucardFTW5 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
i sometimes have the same problem. But i just remember, I'll have a fun career that I love and they'll be at mcdonalds making my bigmac :)
DawntheHedgie Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Heh. I grew up in a place that treats art, writing, just about anything except math and science as... well sort of a waste of time.

But hun, trust me when I tell you that you're going to be just fine. And prove them wrong. Fight for those grades, prove that you're smart, steer clear of drugs, and make yourself a place in this world. Shine.

A word of caution: Take a lot of business classes. =) It's easier to get screwed over if you don't know the game of business. Don't let that happen to ya.

Good luck, kid. <3
Lilwashu287 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Back it up with a business degree and have your own firm, also good to brush up on copy-write laws
NekoArtDrawer Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really know what you mean, I have some in my class that just goes '' I just ended up her because my grades were bad''. That really hurts, because I studied my ass for be safe that I would be able to get one spot in a class that let me do what I really love from the bottom of my heart. I'm not good at school so I don't get so good grades so people assume it's ''easy'' to go to art school when in reality it's not. (Sorry my poor English I'm from Norway :I .. )
shewolfzoroark Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand. (It happens to me, but usually I'm a 'nerd'.)
NightsongWS Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Digital Artist
That's because they don't realize that if you're going to an art school, a -real- accredited art school that offers solid degrees, you're -still- going to have to pass all of the regular general education courses that everyone else does. Speech, science, math, English, history, the whole works.

They also don't realize that you're going to be losing a lot of nights, weekends, and holidays filling out your sketchbook with the hundreds or thousands of drawings that your current round of professors require. (And that you'll be creating willingly anyway, once it starts to sink in that constant practice really does help you art, even if you can't see it happening for the -longest- time.)

They also don't realize that if you're going for digital art, design, and/or animation, you're going to end up needing to master a truckload of computer science skills in addition to all of the traditional art skills everyone else needs to know.

The downside to art school, though? It's not a magic bullet. You really do only get out of it what you put into it, meaning you can just as easily graduate a) little better off than you started, or b) with a fantastic portfolio and recommendations from professors who have already made a name in the industry for themselves. All art school can do is guide you and put you in an environment with other artists. The rest is up to you and how hard you work at it. That's why there are so many talented artists out there who've never been to art school: they were able to teach themselves on their own, be their own guide, and worked their tails off to get where they are now.

Being an artist is -tough-. It's not for everybody, and almost nobody makes a lot of money at it. But, if you really have art in your heart, you can't -not- be an artist and not everyone realizes that. My advice? School or not, stick with it. Work hard. And never look back.

PS: Depending upon the school, you may still need a minimum GPA in order to enroll. Don't let those current grades slip, no matter what anyone says.
ATreeFullOfStars Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
High school isn't real life. High school is full of stupid backwards people who will never succeed beyond graduation, if they make it even that far. Things that seem to matter there--like sports and popularity--have nothing to do with success later.

When you get to any college of any kind, art or otherwise, what you'll find is people like you: intelligent, hardworking people, many of whom share your interests and your goals. You'll find that the real world values those qualities far beyond the ability to kick a ball.

Stick it out. Ignore the naysayers. You already KNOW what's important and what you want, and you're working for it. Keep it up. Everyone who's ever been where you're at--and that's more of us than you know--is rooting for you.
Raye89 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Sports do not count either.
AerithEchidna4rt Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, don't listen to them. They're just being jerks. If you ignore all the things they're saying and concentrate on getting the grades you need, and I bet you'll go to that Art school and become one of the greatest Artists out there!
confidenceAlive Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hey. Heeeyyyy...

You've got a whole community rooting for you. Just take a look at some of these comments.
I know it hurts not having the confidence of those around you though, especially not having the confidence of close friends and family. Maybe they don't understand. But if art wasn't worth it there wouldn't be these trials to go through to achieve. And I admire you for not giving up or backing down. You're an inspiration.

And I have no doubt you're very smart, and you will conquer the world.

PullItApart Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Yeah, the likelihood that you'll get a sustainable art job is probably much better than the likelihood that they'll get a sustainable spot in the NFL/NBA/NHL/whatevaaaa
ElfaLaura Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
art it just my life, soo ignore them and continu to have good notes and draw
halperin98 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree...
Kagura81 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This was very common at my old school. The sports seemed to be more important than art classes and band/choir classes, and funding got cut from the art/band/choir classes so sports could be funded, leaving the three lesser to start fund raisers just to keep their classes going. And students in the three was a minority until last year, then suddenly all three were almost equal to sports. I'm glad that it isn't a minority anymore, maybe finally everything is starting to become equal little by little....
BoltFraction Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ironically, art is very much like sports. Many people can be very good, but very, very few ever truly succeed and are able to make a sustainable career out of it.
PRISMkidd Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
100% True. (For me, at least.)
bitteryetsweet Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Eh, education is not for everyone, so the same applies to Art School as well. I'm usually given the tools to learn so that I can experience learning something for myself. Having others to explain it to you is kind of complicated, so it's usually best to get a first hand experience. The problem I have with school is that it's not so much about learning as it is teaching. There are also some things in high school that aren't even taught that one will find essential when heading out beyond K-12 schools and college. I believe we lack the ability to decide for ourselves whenever we're given the freedom to express our feelings and opinions in which in this case we aren't so sure.

Now that I think about it, maybe that's what made some schools outside the US so much better. The US is a multi-cultural establishment that lacks any sort of principles in understanding living, but that's another problem, living with principles in this society. I find that as a student I'm being indoctrinated to follow them and agree with whatever anyone else says in the media. As far as I'm concerned, I feel like I'm living in a dystopia rather than a free country, and it's a shame what will happen next to future generations. As a millenial who has experienced life in the beginning of the 21st century, I also feel ashamed. My generation is one that falls behind those that came before me.
Punk-Phantom Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
don't listen to those assholes. you show them.
ShadowBrush Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Augh I feel similar to this, ST. All throughout my childhood and Junior High I was given shit from others because I never played much sports, (with good reason too. Fathers are normally the ones influential of sports, and mine spent the first 14 years of my life most of the time off on navy duty, so I grew into more artisanistic hobbies. I do take karate though, but some people don't think that's a 'sport') and I hated it. It's lessened now, since in High School everyone can't possibly know who you are, but still, I dislike so much still that the arts, as important as it is to people and to the PROGRESSION OF THE HUMAN RACE (see the Renaissance) and such, is treated as something so simplistic and stupid. Oh that's nice, you made it onto a football team for 6 years until the permanent injuries you sustained left you unplayable and crippled for life and you're dissing someone who's career is a professional artist who's recieved many awards for their influential art and has made great contributions to the art world? Why is it that you can put Science, Math, English, and History down to an art, but you can't put Art down to a serious subject like the other 4?
TGOM Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
The ones who was in school are not always smart. My former classmates for example. 90% are idiots.
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CutieDeidara Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Your comment is not helping a bit.
PhoenixOfWildfires Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone must have read my mind. I was literally just about to send something like this in.

I didn't realize other people had to put up with problems like this.

(I don't plan on going to art school though.)
SineMetuTimore Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The opinion of others should not over shadow something that is important to you, unless it is harmful to others, which it is not in this case. Their words, faces, and names, will be forgotten 30 years from now, but not this choice.
SheWolf1937 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do not trust them,they are just jealous about your art,it should be so nice,so you dont need to go to a art school.
limeheer Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
art and intelligence follow along a lot of the time. just look a Mozart. he had and extreme ineligence
Kca189 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013   Writer
Stop complaining about it! You are you, nobody can change that. You own yourself, if you don't want to go to art school then don't.
glassmagnolia Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist
People are ignorant. They should be ashamed , not you.
KakuEpsilon Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
That's because people don't understand going against the traditional ideals. Fight the power, Secret Teller, and FUCK those who say you aren't amazing and going to succeed.
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