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Jobs in the Art Field

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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm 16 and I really love art, and nothing else really interests me. It's getting to be time where I need to figure out what I want to go to college for. Do you have any recommendations of careers I can pursue for the type of person that loves painting, poetry, photography, beauty, and bones? (Obviously not something that includes all of those)
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emark4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Also, there are museum jobs for this too, if you like telling others about art that is...
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bustermaximus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Hobo.
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emark4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
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.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
What exactly is a portfolio?
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emark4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Basically, sample pieces of your artwork. It showcases your ability as an artist. If you know what type of art you want to do, I would suggest you do some artwork right now.

Basically, start doing the job you want to do, now!

I was also told to have a online portfolio. You should do one too.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I have tons of my art I've made. So isn't that a portfolio if I just keep it all together?
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Shonjikari Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
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. :)
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks. :) I don't have much of either of those.
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Shonjikari Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Those two last things sound quite interesting. What is BA and BFA?
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emark4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I noticed that you have a lot of artwork in your account and your account is not barren like many newbies like me. Thats a good start, see if you can find the BEST pieces you have for a portfolio.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks :)
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emark4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I was told to put in the BEST art pieces. Remove the worst looking ones. I am a rookie myself but I know that you should ask for feedback and take constructive critisism.

Keep all of the BEST ones together, not all of them.

Good luck!
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luxkrux Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
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.
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Black-Allison Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
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.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much. :D
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XReaperKnightX Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Photographer
Professional photographer or maybe graphic designer.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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Officialpoypoy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
[link] heres my facebook page for my caricatures :)
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Officialpoypoy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
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.
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BrightRedPhoennix Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm going to study animation in college next semester and I've found that there really are a lot of job opportunities, if you have the talent, of course. It's a growing industry.
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Officialpoypoy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student General Artist
good luck.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the advice.
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Between-the-Divine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RESEARCH, IT IS YOUR FRIEND!?!?
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I have, but my mom discourages me.
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Between-the-Divine Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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.

Stay strong and believe in yourself ;)
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks
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SisterHipster Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Try looking into illustration or graphic design.
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:iconkriiistenify:
Kriiistenify Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks.
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Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Welcome.
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