@Anon1: I am actually working on a Lutece drawing but it’s crawling along and I’m honestly scared of it lolol I want to make it (and my other idea for them if I ever actually get to it) really perfect and the best I can because of how much i fucking love them. Then again, I approach my personal art/characters/stories the same way so y’know ART IS HARD GUYS.
@demonicballoffluff: The stickers we print ourselves are on adhesive vinyl we buy from a trade supplier, though we’ve been getting a lot of our stickers printed by StandOut, too.
No, I’m sorry. We’ve been paring down our yearly cons and we have it down to 7 finally, so adding a new one isn’t really feasible for us.
@iamboogers: I graduated a few years back, and HAHA yes. Still a good chunk of debt which I’ve been ace with ignoring for a while now and we make all our munay off our art and merch, which is awesome but can be a real stress since it’s extremely unpredictable.
@Anon2: There’s no straight answer to this, I’m afraid. There’s so many variables to whether or not someone can live off their art alone, and finding the proper cocktail that may work for you will take time and typically a lot of trial and error.
The shortest answer is yes, you can make a living off art (solely or in majority). There’s many ways artists manage this, from being an on-staff artist/designer to something more gallery-oriented. There’s so many options in the art world, it really comes down to what you want to do and how high a demand/how much competition there is. Any art school worth its salt will help you understand how the industry works, but if you’re wanting to go for something freer than freelancing/being on salary somewhere, that’s where it can get really tricky. A lot of people will get a normal job to supplement the income they make doing gallery work, from online sales or selling at shows, and if you’re lucky enough you can eventually drop the dayjob once you find the system of selling art that works for you.
If you’re really wanting to do art for your living, start building a portfolio asap so you can start applying to schools or jobs soonest possible. The best portfolios to make for school applications are fundamental, showing you raw drawing ability. These usually consist of figure and still life drawings, etc. Basic, fleshed out work to show your raw skill. Portfolios for jobs are much more evolved, compiled once you’ve got a solid understanding of anatomy, space, structure, and once your style(s) have developed.
Art school- no matter what one you’re looking into -is only as helpful as much you need it. It can be incredibly invaluable, but don’t fall into the typicaly belief that art school will just make you better.
Practice is the best teacher. Good art schools help you grasp things you would grasp normally, just faster, and force you to practice.
NOW, that being said, some art schools are worth the time and money, and others clearly aren’t.
Bluntly, I would NOT recommend any of the Art Institutes to someone who’s serious about art. There are good artists who’ve have come out of the AI’s, that are talented and do good work, but they’re typically very talented from the get-go and the school did little for them. I personally know enough people who’ve transferred out of an AI because they were so stagnated by them.
Of the people I know who’ve transferred, hardly any of their credits transferred over with them. Many art schools don’t take the AI’s credits seriously, it seems.
As for art schools that I would recommend, most of them are well-known because of their reputations. There are a lot of smaller, private art school around the country that are worth the time and money but they take research to find. Outside the US, I’m pretty much dead ignorant of what to suggest.