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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 11:48 AM by Ayame-Kenoshi:iconayame-kenoshi:




























    








The Art Department with deviantART brings you about the best news any art student could ask for: free tuition!



Through the Train Your Brain Challenge, The Art Department (TAD) is offering a massive number of exclusive scholarship opportunities to members of deviantART. TAD is the best of the best in providing online art education, with a variety of programs taught by world-class faculty. Check out their group, TheArtDept, to watch video tutorials from their faculty!































Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Make something new or use something you've made in the past!
You could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San Francisco, or free online art classes.
The total prizes available are over $300,000 in value and there will be over 150 winners!














Artwork by *SterlingHundley








A Book Cover OR Graphic Novel Page: Submit an image that would be suitable as book cover art or as a page in a graphic novel.
The image must include a figure or animal of any sort. If the entry is a graphic novel page at least one panel should include a figure or animal.
("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; you can create your own or use an existing story. For example, you may choose to produce a
    hypothetical version of any well-known book or graphic novel, such as "War of the Worlds," by H.G. Wells.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any graphic medium submitted as a single PNG or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal (horizontal images must be suitable as a wraparound image for book cover art, or as a spread in a graphic novel).
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department Illustration Academy 4-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.























Artwork by *markenglish








Landscape, Figure, Portrait or Still Life: Submit an image that is of a quality and "finished" as to be appropriate to
hang in a public place. ("Figures" can be humans, aliens, robots, monsters, mythical creatures, etc. Landscapes can be real or imagined.)







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop in Kansas City, MO, USA, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three onlineclasses through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by Andrew Gordon/Pixar








In-Game or Cinematic/Film or .gif Animation: Create a piece of character animation using any style, medium or software of choice. The only limitation is that the animation must tell a story or moment, but not be more than a minute.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies, mash-ups or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Proportions:


    Can include character, experimental, .gif, creature, particle fx, or any other animation work.



  • Media:  


    Animation can be either 3D or 2D (traditional or digital in any media). Must be submitted as video file or as a .gif. When submitting film, please consult FAQ #836: How does the 'Film' invitation process work?.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A trip for two to tour Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California.
  • Three online classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






















Artwork by *jason-felix








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a design in full color or in black-and-white of any of these categories (Character, Creature, Environment, Industrial Design). Think about the originality of the piece, the uniqueness of design and how well you command the ability to convey the idea.







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no fan art or copies of master works or other works in the public domain or under copyright.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 and must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.



  • Proportions:  


    Any.

  • Media:


    Any traditional and/or digital medium but original file must be "hand drawn." Must be submitted as a single PNG
    or JPEG.

  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.
























Artwork by *Brett-Briley-TAD








Character, Creature, Environment, or Industrial Design: Submit a quality, well-presented, render of a 3D model or 3D texture of your creation (applied textures) – May also be a model/texture combination. With all the great 3D art out there both commercially and seen on the internet, what do you do that sets you apart from the rest and how well do you present it?







  • Subject matter:


    Any; must be original, no copies or fan art.

  • Content:


    A new or existing work. PG-13 must not require a mature filter designation on deviantART.

  • Media:


    Any (can be 3D sculpture maquettes, 3D digital models, 3D digital textures) All submissions must be in a single PNG or JPEG file.




  • Format:


    Either vertical or horizontal.

  • Proportions:  


    3D models must include both mesh renders and model renders (untextured). For 3D textures, please include the maps on the same
    page as the render. If the 3D artist is submitting both, then include all of the requirements for both the model and texture
    submissions. If the artist is submitting 3D sculpture maquettes, then the submission must include front side and 3/4 views in the submission.
























  • A full scholarship to The Art Department 3-Week Workshop, consisting of travel, tuition, housing, and art supplies.
  • Three classes through The Art Department, 3D I, plus two classes chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.







Ten second place winners will receive two classes through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.





Twenty third place winners will receive one class through The Art Department, chosen from foundations and elective course offerings.






































Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on December 3, 2012 and must be submitted to the appropriate Contest gallery.



  • You must have a high school diploma or its non-US equivalent to enter and be over the age of 13;
  • The completed entry ("Work") may be entirely new for the contest or existing art work you have already produced as long as it complies with the applicable assignment for the category;
  • Must be in keeping with the image of deviantART and The Art Department -- no mature content;
  • You may not use any third party stock images for the Work however licensed brushes and textures are acceptable;
  • You may submit more than one entry to more than one category however you may only win one prize;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the Contest. Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, please read the Official Rules carefully.










There will be 155 winners broken out into 5 first place winners, 50 second place winners and 100 third place winners over the five categories of Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D and Entertainment 3D.


All entries will be judged by faculty associated with The Art Department using the following criteria:


  • Creativity
  • Successful Use of the Discipline
  • Following the Assignment
  • Overall Impact


For inspiration and special tips, watch FREE videos by the TAD faculty about related subject matter. These videos provide tons of information about how to begin the thinking process for making quality, dynamic pictures and ideation for these assignments. Get your idea on! Click Here To Learn More





























  • Check out free lessons and full sessions with top faculty from TAD available as Premium Content on deviantART:


    View Journal





  • Everything you want to know about TAD's extraordinary programs! Be sure to watch TheArtDept for updates!


    View Program


































Over $300,000 in prizes and scholarships are available to over 150 winners through the Train Your Brain Contest -- the largest prize package in the history of deviantART! Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by The Art Department, and you could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San Francisco, or free online art classes!
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:iconnada424:
nada424 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Will there be another one?
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:iconhakurama01:
hakurama01 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
is this contest for US only?????
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:iconlensman888:
lensman888 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
That's great... on 2nd Jan 2013 I get an email from ConceptArt and part of it says this: "And in other good news for new students, and artists interested learning to better their skills --you can enter this massive contest on DA and make an attempt at the education awards! Classes with no tuition are always a good thing! CA talent rules. Do give it a shot! [link]" Cool, I think, and check it out. Read all about the different categories and got interested, and then I read this: "Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (Los Angeles, CA, USA time) on December 3, 2012 and must be submitted to the appropriate Contest gallery." Nice. I ain't no freakin' time-traveller!
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   General Artist
Hopefully there's anther contest like this next year. I might be more than ready than this year.
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   General Artist
***another
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:iconfrosthero:
frosthero Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
and now, the end is near
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:icondetonatress:
Detonatress Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After the apocalypse and destruction of the Earth, on a space station somewhere in outer space... Deviant Art and TAD are about to announce the winners.
But then the space station gets hit by an asteroid, so no one will ever know... O.o
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:icontanathiel:
Tanathiel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
LOL XD
This just made me laugh so much... xD xD
Feasable actually x)
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:icondetonatress:
Detonatress Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And just a bit later from that post, there was an update on the contest. Lol.
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:icontanathiel:
Tanathiel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Update ? oO
Where can I check any of the updates... I havent seen anything about it ^^;
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:icondetonatress:
Detonatress Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] <--- Semi-finalists listed.
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:icontanathiel:
Tanathiel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers :3
(hehhe not in the semi-finalists ^^ ah well :D)
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:icondetonatress:
Detonatress Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neither am I. But my work has accomplished its real purpose anyway. This contest was just a side quest for me.
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:icontanathiel:
Tanathiel Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh what are your real plans ? :D
Conquere the world ? :D ^^

Anyways, good luck on your next contest ;)
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:icondianagoins:
DianaGoins Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm pretty sure the judges are busy people like us! Five categories of 50 submissions or more each is a ton to go through. They want to make sure they pick the right ones for the prizes (and there are a few spots for 2nd and 3rd place winners, thankfully). The entries are all pretty well done. I was impressed and I'm glad I could enter the animation contest and get to watch some great videos. Just stay alert and check your page every few hours for any updates.
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah but... not a single word for 10 days from judges, $Ayame-Kenoshi, or DA. Seems strange and, well, not cool.
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:icondianagoins:
DianaGoins Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
It may feel like a long time since we're all waiting anxiously. I thought it would take a month or two to decide since there are so many DA users; I was surprised when I saw their presumed date of decision to be December 10th after submissions closed on the 3rd! This is the first time I have entered a contest on DA, so I don't know the average waiting time for these competitions. Let's keep our cool and hope for the best.
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think your patience has paid off :)
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:iconfly2theskie:
Fly2TheSkie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been 10 days already; any update pertaining to the contest would be appreciated at this point. If the contest is dead, tell us that it's dead!
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:iconnayanstha:
nayanstha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
i am starting to forget that i have participated in this contest.. IT SERIOUSLY IS TAKING LONG FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT.
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, seriously.
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:icontamitw:
TamiTw Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL
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:iconeroseon:
eroseon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hi guys! Just in case anyone missed them, TAD has a bunch of short videos available on their dA page.

Something to do while we wait?

[link]
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:icondoctormk:
Doctormk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
At least let us know when the results will be announced, you set a very short time to submit our work, we worked our asses hardly to respect this date, and now what no one knows anything.!
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:iconastralmimi:
AstralMimi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know man! A simple. "We got more than we were expecting so the results won't be for another 3 weeks"

Nobody would be mad about that, we can see its a lot of work. The total ignorance of everyone whos entered this comp is what is ticking people off!
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:icondoctormk:
Doctormk Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for share this piece of information, hope all this waiting will be for good for everyone.
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:iconbrblol:
BRBLOL Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Man, the wait is killing me over here. Yo Admin~ Can you give use an update about it? like, so we can at least know what happen to the contest?
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:iconknockback1:
knockback1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
chill out...I think all judges went on vacation.
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:iconmarioteodosio:
MarioTeodosio Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Does anyone know if there is anything new? Ok, I'm getting anxious.. @.@
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:iconhidden-rainbows:
Hidden-Rainbows Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ya this is killing me! Please let us know whats going on. I'm worried...
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Erg. Can we at least hear something from an admin about the wait? It's been a week.
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:iconvielmond:
vielmond Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe they're waiting for christmas so they say "hey guys, now we're going to give a bigger prize, merry christmas and have a great 2013!".

Oh, well, unlikely, but it's better than imagine that the contest is dead, haha. ^^'
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:icondeamien:
deamien Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
They Are just waiting for christmas to Announce it i bet and it would ve a great present to will something ;D
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:icondeamien:
deamien Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
win* ^^
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:icondigpuff:
DigPuff Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
guys, give the judges time to at least go through all of the entires
they have to pick the best out of 5 different categories, including animations, which means they have to WATCH those animations. also, the official rules say AROUND the 10th of december not EXACTLY ON THE 10TH OF DECEMBER AND NO LATER. calm yo tits people they'll get the results to you eventually. be patient.
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:iconpavel-sokov:
Pavel-Sokov Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   General Artist
Yea I agree, hopefully this just means that all entries are being looked at as opposed to just the most popular ones, which are usually far from the best pieces. I saw some entries with 0 comments that destroy the top popular entries, so that means the poor judges have to go through everything.
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:icondushyant20b:
Dushyant20b Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
Is this contest dead?
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I studied at TAD for this year (Spring 2012-Fall 2012) and I won't be continuing next year. My background already includes a 4 year fine arts degree in illustration, so a lot of the material in their Foundations program was pretty redundant. The classes I recommend the most from foundations program would be Composition, Figure I, and Light & Form, as those classes have really boosted my image-making ability and helped me better execute what I already knew. All the faculty members are great at what they do, but some definitely better than others as professional educators (getting homework assignments posted, using the classroom interface etc). However, dealing with the admins left a bad taste in my mouth though, and in the end I definitely didn't feel like I got my money's worth, especially not for the second semester.
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Sadly this is true for most schools, it seems the way to learn is through intense practice and devotion.
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
funny thing though, my time at TAD did open my eyes to how much i actually did learn from my first 4 year degree program (which i initially under-appreciated. )
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:icontamitw:
TamiTw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, where did you attend and attain your 4 year degree in fine arts from? Thanks in advance!
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:iconfenrysk-art:
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
virginia commonwealth university, in communication arts
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:icontamitw:
TamiTw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool! Thanks!
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
That is a great thing, you gained some perspective. Fine arts would probably be the best thing to study in the arts as it should provide a solid foundation.. any technology can be learned later. I did a 4 year Media Arts/Animation program and what I remember learning from the most was on my own/books and from other classmates or artists around me, not so much the instructors... They kind of just tell you to get something done and it is up to you to figure out how to do it.
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:icondeus-nocte:
Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
(Sorry to randomly jump in on the conversation XD)

You know, I actually just got my degree in Electronic Imaging and Media Arts, but it was a 2 year program and honestly--I've learned so, so much. My instructors were amazing and I still keep in close contact with a few of them.

They still have you take the foundation courses and everything, so you don't miss out on it(Life Drawing was probably one of my favorites!) so I don't think all programs are bad :) In fact, it's a community college I went to, and we get people from the university coming in to take our classes because they don't have the same resources we do.

Maybe it's because the classes are smaller and the teachers tend to care more. Because of that, I really believe it's not the area of study that makes the difference, but the faculty and staff running it. :)
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Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist
That's cool, I do think community colleges maybe a better option for this kind of tech study as they are generally less expensive and the focus seems more on the education than the student's wallet. I'm lucky enough to have never had a problem finding work after college but one thing I notice is that employers don't really care about the degree, they only want to see what your design/art looks like. In the end it is all a battle with yourself.
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Deus-Nocte Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Certainly. I found out a couple years ago that when it comes to the arts, people care less about a slip of paper than they do your actual skill, which is why I was comfortable just doing a 2 year program. I mean, it still looks nice on a resume, but not always necessary. :)

If you don't mind me asking, do you just freelance? Or have you worked for a company in an art position? I'm just starting to get more experience in freelance work, but it's not exactly steady!
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist
You do great work btw, keep it up!
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:iconsirius-sam:
Sirius-Sam Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist
I just freelance now, however nothing really illustration related. I work as a graphic designer, since that is what seemed to pay. I built up a client base working for a large company for a good while then left. Kudos to those who can make a steady living off of their illustrations! Everything concerning drawing for me is pretty much just a hobby now :D unless it is a personal project like a kid's book I'm working on. I wish you good luck, never let go of your dreams. :peace:
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dinamata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, in my school is the same, I'm from Spain, we're in our first year and I'm very very disapointed... Teachers only say what they want you to draw, put a deadline and afterwards, they give you a mark... Maybe I've drawn things I'd never though I would draw, but... It feels a bit like "loosing my time..." And I've learned more from the other colleges than the teachers themselves...
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