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If you've taken advantage of online arts education services, would you recommend the same for other artists? fav.me/d6tw97r

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10,725 deviants said Yes
4%
2,777 deviants said No
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58,369 deviants said I have not participated in online arts education services


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SabotenAdopts Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This isnt fake. apparently , if u copy and paste this to ten quizzes or polls in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. u will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. in 53 mins someone will say i love you or im sorry or i wanna go out with you
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Alessio-Saturno Apr 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Online schools are an excuse to take away money from people. The fact that you have to sit in front of your PC and use a webcam to go to school is nasty: one should stay in the place of training and these school are mainly for people who have money to waste. It's all virtual and you need human contact for a proper training.
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Soriyns-Knight Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Nothing beats actually being in a class room and interacting with people. I'm taking an online art class at the moment for the Academy of Art University, and I'm sure its great for some people, but for me it just feels like I'm logging on to watch Youtube videos. There's very little interaction with the other students or instructor. There's just too much distance. 

If you're going to take a class, then take a class.
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TMihiT Mar 19, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
i cant find good physical class or if i find someone i dont believe them. that teachers is like joking around me!!! wow... i just get surprise after see real result !!! O_O but anyway. i keep my way, i hope i will be an good artist as like as professional artist in here ! 
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Cestarian Mar 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow really? so few voters have actually tried educating themselves online? You people are missing out; I've got a (still WIP) playlist that currently has a fairly complete fundamentals/basics + figure drawing course in it (next in line is coloring & shading and then landscapes & backgrounds)
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Deorse Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never taken any professional art classes online or offline and I would not advise that anyone else waste their money on an art class either.
I don't mean to sound one-sided, but from my experience and where I currently live, I would not advise taking any "professional" art classes, online or offline and here's why, for the most part art will only amount to a minimum wage job at best. Originally I actually wanted to get a degree in graphic arts (which is a professional field based on art), but I found out the harsh reality about what actually happens to anyone who gets a professional degree in art over where I live, they usually end up with $80,000 to $100,000 in school debt and in my local area graphic arts is not a high demand job, so you'll usually end up still being unemployed with a huge school loan hanging over your head.

Have you ever heard the term "starving artist"? Well that is no joke, for the most part you will be a starving artist, an artist that can barely pay their expenses and barely be able to afford to feed themselves solely through their art profession alone. You might even have to take on a second job just to keep up with your expenses. Sure you can go out and run you own art studio and sure you could charge $2000 to $3000 or more for one on of your fancy oil paintings or unique sculptures, but in this day and age and in this economy not many people have that kind of money piss away on any art of any quality, that's where the second job usually ends up coming in, because you can't hardly make any of your expenses because your art is just not selling.

Let's just face it unless you get lucky and you are able to get your foot through the door and you are able to work graphic arts for major TV media, get into a field of either movie/storyboard animation, or into a field based on video game development/animation, you WILL NOT be making any money. Don't let anyone tell you different either.

The most money anyone could ever make from professional art in a year is roughly between $19,000 and $40,000 (if they're lucky) and that's after you've paid off that $80,000 to $100,000 of school debt. Usually you end making the lower end of that pay spectrum where as say someone who got a degree in a real profession such as welding or metal works will only spend about $25,000 or less for a 2 years associates degree, and they usually make about $40,000 to $50,000 within their first year.

Just a little something to keep in mind  for all of you.

To be honest art wise, I felt that I learned more on my own without taking any art classes then I ever did in my 2 years of art class back in high school. The subjects and medias are much more broad and more open for your creativity then they ever would be in a professional art class room. When I was in college I never took any art classes either. Now would my art look any better or be that of a higher quality if I took an art class or got my degree in professional art while I was in college? Well it is quite possible that it could have been, very possible, but then again there is never any guarantees that it would have improved my art. Not to boast, but I feel that my art is some of the highest of qualities that it has ever been. By no means am I the best artist on this site or in my state for that matter, but then again with art having multiple subjects and wide ranges of media, art is truly "in the eye of the beholder."

I personally think art is something that is best self-taught, you can learn a lot through classes, you can learn even more on your own from free online tutorials and even other artists with a few tips, however I feel that a true artist learns from their experiences and their mistakes and that is one lesson that no one will ever be able to teach you in a class room.

In the future after I have made a career in the military and I have money to waste on something as useless as taking an art class, I might see if I can take a couple of professional part-time art classes as a side hobby just to see if I can even improve my art in anyway shape or form, but likely I won't be taught anything new or anything that I haven't already learned on my own. Even then I will NOT try to use my art in professional manner, rather I'll just use it as a hobby as I've always done.

If you have plans on making art as your true profession and you're able to make a living from it, well good more power to ya; if art is not your forte or you just can't seem to scrape a living off from it, I'd suggest going out and getting a real career then and just leave art as a hobby.

Does this mean that you can't go back and try to make a living off of art? Not necessarily. You have the potential to do just about anything (within reason), with time and dedication you very well could make a living off of art, but chances of that are pretty slim at best in this day and age. That's why it's always good to be realistic and to have realistic goals and expectations when attempting anything. I'd rather be surprised about how well that something worked out better than I expected than to be disappointed, because I got high hopes on something that didn't preform well (never would preform well) or meet or exceed my expectations. It's called being realistic, something that everyone should try every once and a while.
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For all you 3D artists, I would recommend Dreamlight's training series like Light Master and Fantasy Lighting Photoshop Tutorial
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I have recommended classes like FZD and Stan Winston school of character arts and other programs both free and payed for that have helped me in improving my skills and knowledge.  
Sharing knowledge is not a bad thing. I don't believe using resources to help educate means I'm taking advantage of anyone. The way you have worded the question makes it sound like a negative thing.  Continuing to learn though out life no matter what you are learning or who you are learning it from is usually positive , regardless of the resources you use, you can learn from anything whether its in a formal school setting, online, or just learning from being with different people. education is  almost always a good thing.
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Rollinlol95 Jan 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I entered highschool and started studying the arts there. It actually didn't help much, though. You could actually say that DA and Youtube thought me more than school did (about the human body, anatomy and such).
Not to forget the books i received for my Birthdays, those helped a lot too.
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j2Artist Dec 25, 2013  Professional Artist
I recommend going to your local public college and taking some courses. Interacting with other artist will really help you out in the long run. 
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