Hey all -
So I'm fairly new to animation. I've always enjoyed art, I took a basic drawing class at community college and was floored by how much I learned and how much my work improved in a single semester. I'm working towards an associate's degree in general studies and want to go to animation school once I'm finished.
Which brings me to several age-old questions: first, SCAD or Ringling? Or neither? My art prof is really amandant that Ringling is my place, but I'm hesitant. Here's my issue: I want a good solid animation education, not merely in computer work but with a solid background in fine art as well (due to the fact that I'm particularly interested in concept art and storyboarding). But I'm not about big school names (or big school $$$). Also, I'm from WI, which has no grand animation schools to speak of (we have 2, and one is a tech school, to be specific, and I don't feel like I'd do well in either). Clearly I will have to go out of state, but I question if it would be more beneficial for me to head straight to CA and go to San Fran Art Academy or LCAD as opposed to down south....?
Also (and this is more personal I guess), anybody out there with parental opposition to art? Don't get me wrong with this one. I have great parents, etc. etc. etc., but long story short I have a really traditionalistic father who is willing to help pay for my education, but is absolutely opposed to anything involving the arts (I quote, "it won't get you a job"). Not only is this a) frustrating and b) a strain to our relationship (since everything I enjoy IS art-related), but I feel like it's a narrow and old perspective, especially with animation. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who's ever experienced a familial crisis like this. Any advice on talking down Dad is appreciated, ASAP.