columbus college of art design

Get ready for some groovy hijinks, guys! I’m starting up a Coolsville comic of my own design to satiate my thirst for Scooby Doo! I haven’t enjoyed how their arcs have been going as of late, so I am starting up a whole new one. Stay tuned for future character profiles and story info :D

anonymous asked:

Pardon me, I dunno if you've already talked about this elsewhere or if you'd rather not say, but I hope it's okay to ask, were you an animation major in college and where did you study for your bachelors? and if it's not that intrusive, are you working in a studio right now? I've been contemplating getting a second bachelor's in animation and wanted to know if you feel it's helpful to get into the industry or if you feel alternative methods like online schools could be just as good? thank you!

I actually kind of avoid talking about animation because I feel like I’m somewhat of a downer. I don’t work in an animation studio, though I wish I did. I’ve been continuously applying to internships since I was in my undergrad. 

Short Story: I wasn’t able to afford any of the schools I got into. And I don’t currently work in the animation industry, though I would like to.

Long Story: I was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), School of Visual Arts (SVA), and several others during my senior year of high school. Though my heart was dead set on CalArts because essentially if you want to pursue a career in the animation industry that’s where you need to go. The animation industry has a history of hiring primarily from CalArts, partially because it’s right near Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, and other top tier companies. So it’s easy for them to do student outreach.

Anyone who’s anyone has gone there: Tim Burton, Henry Selick, Pendleton Ward…literally everyone. Look up any major TV show and its creator came from CalArts. But it’s almost as expensive as Harvard.

This is why I think the majority of animated series come from upper class white men and why TV is slanted to present a certain perspective. People from low income areas will struggle to afford these schools.

Which for me…was incredibly disheartening. The end of my senior year of high school was spent crying over my acceptance letter. I couldn’t even scrounge together the massive startup fees. I was devastated because it had been my dream school since I was twelve. Then slowly I went down the latter and found myself unable to afford any of the schools. I fell into a deep deep deep depression and no longer cared about graduating or anything. I just stopped caring about everything.

I finally ended up getting enough energy to apply to a regular nobody state school In Massachusetts (it’s actually right near where J.K. Rowling’s American wizarding school Ilvermorny is located). 

I majored in psychology and writing (because I figured my dreams of doing art were ruined). Then I started taking art classes (because I couldn’t help myself) and switched to sociology and writing. Then I dropped sociology and became an art and writing major. I transferred to another state school that was closer to my home (close to where the Dr Seuss museum is) and that’s where I ended up graduating. While there I got really into children’s books. I had always been a writer so I focussed on that instead.

Currently I’m in my final year at Simmons College program in Writing for Children MFA, and I freelance write while working on my children’s books and graphic novels.

Anyway, in this day of social media I don’t think these incredibly expensive schools like CalArts have the same power they once did. You see, they honestly were all about social networking and being in the right place at the right time. Half of the top tier artists and show creators have less talent than people I’ve seen come out of schools you’ve never heard of. And a lot of storyboard artists and visual development artists are starting to come from schools that were seen as “less than” CalArts.

Rebecca Sugar went to the School of Visual Arts program in comic arts and she created Steven Universe which was a first. Carrie Lao is a story board artist at Disney Animation who went to California State University-FullertonFawn Veerasunthorn is a story board artist and Disney who went to Columbus College of Art and Design. And there are artists who couldn’t afford school who did there own thing online. Like Naomi Romero who is a boss at social media and does her own stuff, picking up jobs from major studios

A lot of jobs are even given to people who go to ordinary state schools, or wherever, simply because they keep posting on social media. I have quite a few friends this has worked out for. I would advise against shady online classes or “for profit” schools like the Art Institutes. They are bad and just take your money and leave you with nothing.

My bit of advice is find a school you can afford. If it had a reputable program than that’s all the more better. And then draw, draw and draw some more. Keep drawing as much as you can and you’ll keep getting better. Draw from inspiration. Draw from others. Doodle. Scribble. Not everything needs to be perfect. Post it. Post it to social media and build a portfolio. AND don’t wait for jobs and opportunities to come to you. Interact with major players on social media, go to conventions, network. Whether in life or online. It might take some effort but you can get where you want, and maybe save yourself 200k along the way!

Anyway I have to wrap this up because I still have no pants on and I have class in an hour. Hope I could help a bit!

anonymous asked:

Hello, I'm sorry if this has been asked before but what software do you use to animate? And how do you do it? I want to animate myself but I have no idea how to start

I work in Harmony/ ToonBoom 

I’m actually a Junior animation major at the Columbus College of Art and Design. I go on campus to do my animation assignments because I don’t have Harmony (that shits expensive) on my laptop and I like working on a Cintiq better. 

for a beginner animator I would actually suggest starting traditional! go out and buy a stack of post-it-notes and make flip books. This is an exercise we do all the time usually at the beginning of a semester. with that you can do more traditional 2D or go more experimental 

 This video is probably one of the most helpful and basic explanation to making an animation look good! I’ve probably seen it about 5 million times in classes


Drawn for a zine by @james_herth
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Here’s an unfinished short i made in my animation class. 

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any fashion summer programs for high school students?

Okay so here are some I found on Teen Vogue’s website. Note: None of these are free of course, but I’m assuming you can do that part yourself. 

Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI) has a precollege course in the summer. (here) You have to be 16-18 years old. "Includes fashion design, jewelry, and even furniture design, to gain specialized expertise. Fashion design students will have the opportunity to show off garments that they designed and constructed at an exhibition at the end of the program.“

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) (New York, NY) "features courses in magazine design, advertising, model drawing, and menswear design. The school also offers a four-day boot camp with crash courses in costume and couture, fashion forecasting, and fashion journalism— ideal for students with busy summer schedules.” (here)

LIM college: (New York, NY) “LIM, a school that focuses exclusively on the study of business and fashion, is offering a four-week pre-college program with courses on topics such as fashion photography, celebrity styling, event planning, and marketing communications. There’s even a class called ‘Fashion Police!’” (here)

The New School: Parsons (Paris and New York)“Why wait until college to study abroad? Parsons is offering two- and four-week-long "boot camps” in art design to students 16 years and older in Paris. In the “Fashion Industry Now: Paris” class, students will draw inspiration from the streets, fashion exhibitions, and retail districts in the city. For those who want to stay closer to home, Parsons also offers classes in New York’s Greenwich Village.“  (here)

Pratt Institute (New York, NY)"High school students can earn four college credits at Pratt’s intensive college-level program. Fashion classes are offered in jewelry/metal arts and fashion design, and students can choose between Pratt’s downtown Manhattan campus and its Brooklyn location.” (here)

Drexel (Philadelphia, PA)“During Drexel’s two-week program, students will work in design studios and take field trips to retailers and boutiques. The program also helps students create personal portfolios, which is an important part of the design school application process." (here)

Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus, OH) (I’m not sure if they discontinued their high school summer program) it’s in ohio though, so I’m not sure if you’re interested but if you are then I guess find a way to contact them. But they offered: "Basic pattern drafting and sewing construction techniques.” and middle schoolers had their own programs. 

FIDM (California) “Aspiring designers can take workshops such as "Draping the Dress” during this three-day crash-course program that teaches high school students about launching a career in the fashion industry. The flexible program is offered throughout the summer at FIDM’s various campuses across California.“  (here)

Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta, GA) for people interested in building their visual art portfolios.  ”Fashion technology, video production, and drawing classes" (here)

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) Design, illustration, “provides a foundation in draping, patternmaking, and sewing. Students can develop an original garment from first sketch to sample.” (here)

Teen Vogue Fashion University: Red carpets (meaning you step on a red carpet on your own with your “diploma” and a bunch of photographers take your photo), Celebrity Seminars, workshops, private shopping events for three days (here)


I’m going to have these available this weekend at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus!
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anonymous asked:

Does SCAD have good connections in their animation department? Someone told me that the only way to be successful in that field is to go to Cal Arts or SVA.

First of all, whoever told you that is wrong. Yeah, certain colleges have certain reputations, but it all depends on how motivated and hardworking you are! College is more of a resource and learning experience than an automatic ticket to get into the field because of its reputation from the past. I have friends that go to (of course) SCAD, MICA, Sheridan, Columbus College of Art and Design, Ringling, and even large universities that are hella talented and are most indefinitely gonna go places when they graduate! (There are plenty of colleges I haven’t mentioned that are amazing btw)… Heck, there are plenty of talented artists right now in the field as we speak that have graduated from all different kinds of colleges!  So I think that there are a looooot of really great colleges for getting into the animation field. Don’t get me wrong, CalArts and SVA are amazing and the work that the students produce is quite breathtaking, but I don’t think that you’re giving other colleges the credit they all deserve! If the entire animation industry just consisted of CalArts and SVA grads, then there wouldn’t quite be as much diversity and different ways of approaching problems in the field as there is now. As for SCAD, we do have some really great faculty that do have connections in the field. I know that they try their best at helping us enter the industry as fresh new animation babies.

But yeah! The beautiful thing about the animation industry is all of us coming together and applying all of the different things that we learned from all of our different backgrounds to create something amazing  (▰˘◡˘▰)