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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  Hobbyist 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!
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