The first thing that Steve Silver ever told me was that Art School was the biggest waste of money any sad sap could ever spend. He told me this as I was preparing to graduate from art school. If I recall correctly, one of the girls in our group cried.
But seriously, he was right. It’s been 4 years since I graduated, and I don’t work at Disney yet. Matterfact, I’ve spent a lot of time doing underpaid freelance for approximately $2.50 per hour, after figuring in all of the client complaints, delays, and downright cheats, AND my bachelor’s degree has kept me from getting a minimum wage job, where I could be making at least three times what I’ve made doing freelance. Isn’t art school a bitch?
CUE MR. SILVER.
Steve has worked in the industry since before I got my first wacom tablet – nay, my first paintbrush not made by crayola. He teaches a character design class through Schoolism – It’s an amazing deal for a whole lot of knowledge. I urge you to sign up for it immediately (unless of course, you ARE Steve Silver and you’re reading my blog). After a couple of online classes with real, experienced industry professionals, I feel like I’m learning so much more than I picked in four years at the Art Institute.
(If my Ai character design teacher is reading this – I’m sorry. I’ve replaced you. But you’re still a cool dude.)
This is week one, before we actually watched any of the lessons. This drawing was just meant to gauge our skill – at the end, I believe I’ll be redesigning this man.