I posted this before but I will post this again here:
The state of reality may not be as fair to artists like us [link] but I read that it would be best to combine your love of art with very marketable skills. Currently, I am an studio art major, probrably one of the worst college majors you will find on Forbes.com. To counter this, I would like to major in buisiness or marketing (Marketing is a vocational major right?) as a second major.
I am starting an art portfolio and hoping for the best in the meantime. By the way, do you have a portfolio? I am 100 % sure that every artist needs one, you will have to show your art samples to employers.
Also, depending on what you're using your portfolio for, you want to tailor it to that. Like if you are applying to an art school, remove all the anime and cartoon drawings, even if you consider them to be your best. The only exception is if you're applying to be a comic/cartoon major, to which I would leave maybe one or two in. Art schools want to see lots of observational drawing that show a good understanding of the fundamentals.
But that said, if you're applying for a graphic design job, having all of your observational still lives and nude model drawings probably won't help very much!
Think of your portfolio as a type of visual/artistic resume.
If you are going to college for a BFA art degree, you must have a strong portfolio. Schools that offer art degrees without asking to see a portfolio generally raise a lot of red flags, unless it's a two year college or a BA in art. As a general thing though, you can only get your art BA in very general fields like graphic design or studio art and will require different things than if you were to get your BFA in those subjects. I'd say almost every art college offers only BFA's, unless it's something like "Art Education".
If you're interested in make up, you could look into make up art or special effects make up. I know there's a field geared toward medical illustration, which would be illustrating bones and other body parts.
It's also not a bad idea to take a 'career' in some other field you don't mind (or at least can tolerate), and use the income you get from that job to fund your passions in art. A lot of great, famous artists weren't art majors or artists 24/7, they were also pharmacists, scientists, and business owners. And they weren't starving either. You should be thinking of what jobs you want to take so you can fund your artistic endeavors.
You don't need an art degree to be taken seriously as an artist. Save your money and take classes at smaller studios that are much cheaper than universities, and perhaps with more focused teachers due to smaller class size.
Illustration and Graphic Design are the two big ones. Illustration because it's like fine arts with more commercialism and therefore income, and a lot of people who love comics, videogames, or picture books one day dream of making that thing. Graphic Design is more commercial, doesn't require drawing, it's a lot of planning, I do it because I find it really fun to work out people's problems (after going to graphic design school, everything starts to look ugly though).
Photography has a lot of dimensions, photojournalism, film, artistic, weddings, etc... If you're not sure but pretty sure on art, go to art school anyways. Most art schools have a foundation year. Foundation year they make you do all sorts of things in every category, I knew a lot of people who came in wanting to become painters but found out they want to become sculptors or landscapers in first year because they tried something new.
Tell your mom it's totally possible to make money off 'art' if you consider graphic design, illustration, photography, directing, special effects, animation, interior, architecture, producing, advertising, product design, make up artists, etc... art.
i never really liked graphic design cuz it feels so soulless
aniamtion is cool and all but i really doubt any job opportunities
tattoo artist, (getting close) i find really interesting and awesome but i know I cant deal with pressure and messing up and perfection and commitment.
CARICATURE ARTIST! this is my purpose in life. Its full of freedom, I like talking to people, its completely my responsibility, my choice, my art style, my ideas, I might also meet new best friends and the selling point is way easier than a tattoo, children love em and parents love em and people naturally love to be drawn and feel the attention.
Iv also talked online to 2 amazing caricature artist which is ELGIN SUBWAY SURFER and TOONHEADZ. They both have awesome personalities, Elgin as a cool wise dude giving advice and tips, and toonheadz as a goofy funny guy.
You have to play it smart, look at who your art appeals to, what methods of pay you can have, what avenues or options you have to display your art. Things like that. What are her reasons for her arguement?
Ha, my dad told me I would never be an artist. Here I am, selling paintings and making a buck.
Dont get me wrong, its hard to make it a profession and it requires tremendous work. It would be best to do art as a sub form of work until you can make it to were it can pay your bills.
I cannot stress this enough: know how to sell your art when you enter the field. Otherwise, you can emerge yourself in the creative aspect, but have little knowledge of the business aspect. But the "safest" route is definitely graphic design.