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I agree with this post but I've never told anyone to not to go to art school or university.
People ask me all the time what school do I go to (ALL THE TIME). I always respond "just a cheap state university", but it kinda of bugs when people want me to be specific when it really doesn't matter.
I don't like the bureaucratic system in my university. I think taking GE classes are a waste of time and should only count as electives. I hate how the university uses the horrible methods to teach us art since it never works. I hate how the Art Department does not offer a lot of classes compared to other departments.
I took over five Animation classes and none of them helped me. What helped me was studying from the "Preston Blair Animation book". I studied it on my own time when I was doing an internship in Florida (nothing to do with my career but it was fun).
I've seen students struggle because they were not taught properly how to draw or animate, and they graduate with a degree that means nothing if you don't have the skill.
BUT. BUT. I had some of the best professors in school. Professors that actually pushed me to get shit done and participate in events. I have so much to add in my portfolio thanks to them.
So there's always a good or a bad when it comes to art schools. Or sometimes it's just mostly bad.
Here is my point: Nobody gives a shit what school you go to. Do you want to go to school and don't mind spending the money? Do it! Don't want to go to art school? Okay fine! The industries won't care.
It's like using an art program. STOP ASKING WHAT WE USE. Nobody gives a shit if you use a tablet, or a mouse, or a cintiq, or Photoshop, or Flash, or even traditional.
Stop thinking that you need to go to the best art school or use the best program to be the best artist. Everything about your skills depends on you and how you learn and absorb the information.
So shut up with the questions. Learn how we learned, through Google and research. Discover, learn, fail, and try again. Be open-minded, be inspired, and be determined. Everything starts with action, not from sitting on a couch wishing you could be like Glen Keane.
Just do something, whether it's going to college, working your way up the industry, starting your own business, or whatever. At this point it really doesn't matter. College will never go away. But your life will.EDIT:
Okay guys I'm not saying, "Don't go to art school.". I'm basically saying, "Go to school if you want, or don't, it's your choice." Don't be lazy and say that you don't need school but in the end you work at McDonalds because you didn't take another action. Some of you are completely missing my point.
I went to college because I didn't have a choice and no other option. Now I'm a little prepared. My uni didn't prepare me but it gave me time for my future. Sometimes we need school for any reasons, sometimes we don't.
JUST DON'T BE FUCKING LAZY. DO SOMETHING