"If you are looking for something to be brave about, consider fine arts."
Last night, I discovered that my favorite art forum, ConceptArt.org, will soon be offering its own art instructional program. The program will span 30 months, including three-week class sessions three times a year, and cost almost $50,000. That isn't as much as completing art degree programs at other art schools, so I hear, and I believe they're planning on offering scholarships. Even so.. who, seriously, has thousands of dollars lying around to spare, and who wants to take on [additional] student loan costs? Also, entry into the program is based on the applicant's portfolio. Would my portfolio even be strong enough for consideration?
But oh, how amazing that would be -- a real art education, rubbing elbows with successful artists and illustrators, gleaning from their knowledge, growing my art skills... I must admit, it did give me pause last night. When you've just gotten married and are starting to test the daunting waters of the housing market, that's probably not the best time to throw caution to the wind and take on art school. Is there a good time, though? Is it better to go back to school when you're still young enough to have career-available years before you -- or wait until you have the time and the funds, when you've got an empty nest and a little cash put by?
... things to think about. But now, let us have artwork!
"Skinny Malinky Frog-Legs Learns to Dance"
a rough sketch of a mermaid lagoon ("oh, underneath a magic moon!")
"Ninja Boy, Pirate Girl: the Forbidden Love"