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hey hey!

so we've begun a small quest over at the-character-engine...we're looking for ideas for our avatar, something to generally represent us whether it be a symbol, icon, mascot or otherwise...it's just another step towards kicking this thing off, but truly i know people out there are excellent at coming up with ideas and any contributions would be greatly appreciated! we're definitely open to anything

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other than that, i'm stuffing my schedule with observational drawing and portfolio prep, but my head is getting quite stuffy with my own pictures, so i may have to take a break from that sometime soon, if only to get them out...there will be updates quite soon as well...

for those who were interested, i've settled on applying for the Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco...i realized too late that the School of Visual Arts in New York does indeed offer scholarships to international students, but this gives me time to check it out in the spring and perhaps apply to transfer next year? who knows...we'll see what happens, but again, thanks for all the awesome help with schools and scholarships from everyone, i appreciated it so much!

but for now, let's see how those goals are doing! only a week left...

GOALS! hopefully soon to be achieved, perhaps by my birthday?
- 10 PAGES OF THE 100!!! - got slowed down at Love, as usual, so it'll probably only be five pages...but the next couple of pages are alot easier, so there is still hope!
- CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR COOL PEOPLE!!! - SUCCESS!!! i think everyone i got stuff for was pleased, and it definitely made me feel better (though i still need to send off kelly's stuff...damn i'm terrible at this game...so sorry...)
- COMPREHEND PHOTOSHOP!!! - really really need to start this...perhaps mitch will continue be wonderful and help me?
- DRAW!!! - still drawing quite a bit, though it doesn't feel like it...
- FILL SKETCHBOOK!!! - not enough time i swear! i will get the fish done before my birthday though...and then fill it more for portfolio goodness...
- OBSERVATIONAL AND FIGURE DRAWING!!! - if i'm lucky i'll be able to get downtown tonight for a figure drawing session, and observational is going slow but steady...thinking of doing a  couple self-portraits, since art teachers always love those...
- SOLID PORTFOLIO!!! - in the works, as a result of the prior three...still so nervous though...
- $10,000 TOWARDS EDUCATION!!! - yeah, there's no way this is going to happen...i can still dream though can't i?
- GET OVER MY SHYNESS!!! - and still no dice...

need to seriously get myself together if i don't want to feel completely pathetic on my birthday...the retrospect will surely do me in...

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misosoupaddict Jan 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, Pasadena! :boogie: I've heard it's super super good. Loads of kickass people graduated from there. :D Good luck in everything!
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"for those who were interested, i've settled on applying for the Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco"

Good choices, those two are at the top of my list at the moment as well =P

As for sending in originals-- the thing I don't like about that is that I can't really sneak in digital paintings then, lol. But I suppose they do that so people can't "cheat" by touching stuff up or whatnot... :O

Though what is making me consider AUSF is that Art Center won't give out scholarships UNLESS you have financial need, and unfortunately I'm in the inbetween-- not so rich that I can give up 100k, but not poor enough to qualify. :(

Also-- ACCD has no animation program, and AUSF has Illustration and 2d/3d animation majors, and from what I heard you take a lot of both classes. Sounds like my type of major. What type of Illustration track and job are you going for?

Good luck with your top choices! And if you do go to soCal, then maybe I can see you around sometime = )
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theumbrella Jan 9, 2008  Student General Artist
killer! if people as skilled as yourself are looking into them, then i'm surely going the right way!
and yes that's true...though i thought they would still take some digital art, as a large part of their program seems to focus on it...i don't do much of it myself, so i don't really know...maybe they just want to make sure you're solid with traditional materials, hence the excessive amounts of observational drawings required for a portfolio...
since i'm an international student, financial need doesn't apply to me, as much as it would help, but they do still give out merit scholarships, which i'm sure you could achieve! AAU doesn't give any scholarships to international students, which is terribly saddening, but the tuition is so much cheaper anyhow...
it always seemed odd that ACCD doesn't offer animation, especially since it's so well known for it's entertainment design/concept art programs, which melds so well with the animation industry...though i won't lie, animation scares me, but would be super cool to do...
i'm still wavering on which avenue within illustration i want to specify in...i'm definitely looking into sequential/comic art, and perhaps concept design, since i like to make things up, but i still want to test things out before i lay anything down for certain...2D animation would be killer if i could ever draw fast enough for it...
and thanks! you as well (not that you need it in the least, with such mad skills...)! who knows, we may end up in the same place...
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Good luck on applying to art schools. Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena is an excellent school, I just didn't like their requirement of submitting original works as part of the portfolio review process instead of taking slides or digital files like every other school. And I remember reading somewhere that due to its location north of L.A., Pasadena gets a LOT of smog.

Don't worry about your portfolio, I would love to have a quarter of the stuff you're done for my own.
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theumbrella Jan 9, 2008  Student General Artist
i actually prefer the requirement for original submissions, as my stuff never looks the same when photographed/scanned/printed, and since the majority of my portfolio will just be all the observational stuff i've been doing, i won't die if anything tragic happens to it...
and yeah, i can definitely see it getting lots of smog...but it would most definitely be worth it...who knows how much junk is in our air due to the oil refineries being altogether too close to the city...
and thanks, it's good to hear, though i still worry...we'll see how it goes...
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I still have bit more to draw for my portfolio when it comes to observational stuff to round off at 20 pieces - but I just can't find the motivation to do it :(
The Californian weather is superb all year round, I just shudder to think of the living costs in any of the major cities
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theumbrella Jan 9, 2008  Student General Artist
observational drawings are truly awesome exercises, but definitely so hard to get started and follow through on...takes up altogether too much valuable time...
and yes, living costs will kill, but should definitely be worth it!
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I may end up with a few rough charcoal and pencil sketches to throw into the mix for portfolio applications and hope college admissions personnel take vast amounts of pity or lead-way on me. I wish I had more time to devote to drawing, but work is craptastically mind-numbing on motivation - which is why I even started on the road back to school again.

Good luck with your application, I dunno about Pasadena, but I think you're a shoo-in at San Francisco and New York. Did you consider Chicago Institute of Art? I thought you're style would be a great fit for that school.
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theumbrella Jan 9, 2008  Student General Artist
mmm yeah, work does tend to get in the way, but the money definitely helps out...

the chicago art institute doesn't offer illustration, which is what i'm going for, so i didn't really look into it at all...
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yes, the money indeed helps out....just nowhere near enough to make me want to stay...

did you take observational drawing classes at your highschool?

I still say that you should apply to RISD (or Cooper Union) and see what happens.
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