I've done one of these before, but it's been over 4 years almost, and this template is much shinier and neater.
There's one main reason for me posting these, and it's mostly to show people who see what I do then lament on how they wish they could do it, but how they could never do it to the level I do. That simply *isn't* true. Go google conceptart.org and mindcandyman and look through his entire sketchbook. The guy started drawing wobbly cubes and spheres, and now runs his own traditional atlier school. Anyone with the right motivation can get to where they want to be. It's a matter of what you prioritise, and how hard you can push yourself when there is *only* you to push yourself. At the end of the day it's down to you, regardless of whether you're self taught or attend the best art school in the business. I taught myself anatomy (still learning) and most of the art basics, and art was my lowest grade when I finished highschool (I got a D). I did get lucky with the jobs I got (traditional minature paintr and then into graphic design), but all that meant was that i was doing art almost 24/7. I had reached a point before I got the job at Jagex, where I was working as a cafe waitress for minimum wage, but none of that ever deterred me from seeing my end goal and knowing what I had to do to get there. No one will knock on your door and offer you your dream job. You have to get out there, get yourself noticed, in whatever way you see fit.
One word of caution: if you don't genuinely *love* the process of art and want to spend time doing it, even when it's not your own personal work, then you're probably not going to get here. You have to be able to look at what you do and see it in context - if concept is what you wanna do, then get to a level where your work can stand alongside the industry pros. Same with illustration or comics, or film art. If nothing else you should just love it. Love it so much that it doesn't matter that you're painting a rock, or a plug socket, or someone elses ideas, just that you love being able to get the best out of it, and how you're doing it. Love being able to improve and see it. That's the other reason I do this. To see my own peaks and dips gives me the boost I need to know I can keep on improving. And hopefully it inspires others that maybe they can do the same.Onward to 2012, and whatever it may bring.
*plays out with Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing*
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