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How can I prepare for a career in character design?


Question

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design.

I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in different poses and backgrounds. It could be for games or motion pictures. What college major would be best for me, and what should I focus on now to set myself up for the this sort of career path?

2014/08/06
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8/6/2014 1:55:00 AM

I realize that I'm "begging the issue" with my answer; but, I think it's valid here.

Strive for a well-rounded general education at this point. Keep your options open by avoiding a specialization too soon, academically.

The biggest problem (that have teachers talking to themselves as they bang their heads against the wall, weeping and gnashing their teeth) is poor reading and writing skills. Grammar and spelling is sub-standard. Getting communication skills right, immediately gives you an advantage.

Thinking skills suffer overall, too. The school subjects best able to develop thinking and reasoning skill is geometry and algebra, I've found.

Follow your heart, professionally, though.

I'll advise you, "When you are doing something you love, the worst days are okay. When you're doing something you hate, the best days are difficult."

2013/08/31
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8/31/2013 6:13:00 AM