So here's my story.
I studied architecture in Romania for about 5 years and I feel like it's going nowhere and it's leaving me very much unfulfilled and out of place. Drawing on the other hand has taken a huge role in my life and it's been the only thing keeping me sane throughout these years.
I really want to go to an animation school and basically start my life over. Now I know SVS is an animation school and I now it's the portfolios that matter, not the diploma. But I feel that going to a physical college and studying art & animation the traditional way is important nonetheless and this is what I want.
My questions are:
- What school do you recommend?
After listening to the Chris Oatley interview with Jen Ely and Loish, I realized how important it is to have a school where you are in tune with the professors. If you haven't heard this podcasts, Jen Ely went to a school where everyone was basically a performance artist, the vague, artistic post-modern kind and pretty much no one taught basic drawing skills.
Loish went to a more proper art school, but the professors there were only interested in fine art and discouraged her from pursuing her own style because it was "too girly and/or commercial".
It's really important to find professors that understand what you're pursuing and help you obtain the skills necessary to improve. I love Chiara Bautista, Alphonse Mucha, J.C. Leyendecker, Kelly Vivanco, Koyamori, Puuung and Claire Keane. I love the romantic-to-realistic painters, Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola, Abbott Handerson Thayer, John William Waterhouse and a whole host of russian realist painters. I love, love, love illustrators like Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen and Arthur Rackman. And most of all I love Studio Ghibli and Cartoon Saloon whose recent animation, Song of the Sea, made me realize I want to be in animation.
I'll post bellow some of my work to give you a better idea where I'm aiming at. Basically I want to focus on animation and illustration. I like drawing girls, stories, architecture, historical stuff, girls, concept art, girls. I want to have a playful naive style that inspires a lot of emotion. A lot of my favorite artists have a very realistic style, but realism isn't the point to me. It's the poetic playfulness of pure emotion and emotional storytelling that I want to develop.
What are the pros and cons of an animation school as opposed to an art school. If I can't find a suitable animation school, is a regular art school just as adequate to help me work in animation?
What was your experience with an art or animation school. What would you change if you went back in time when you where in said school.
Is it still possible to earn a scholarship in any of these school even though I'm 25 years old and was a lazy jackass with poor grades in my last college (architecture).
Disclaimer: I live in Romania, so a school within the EU is preferable, but if you know any good school outside the EU go ahead and mention them, since I'm definitely curious.