This past week has been so awesome on so many levels. I seriously felt like crying when I had to leave Ringling, it was such an inspiring seven days. I feel like a fire has been lit under me, I've been so bolstered.
Okay, so basically I took two classes: Painting in Photoshop and Figure Drawing. They were the most studio-related courses they had: it was a teacher-focused week so most other classes had a lot of curriculum-application components. I wanted to do something with my time there that would specifically benefit me on this illustration journey. And they totally did.
I learned so much from both of my instructors. And totally fangirled on the inside when they said they liked my work. I don't know if it was just because they were so used to looking at teacher work (which, sadly, is often not all that impressive) or what, but I was so encouraged that professionals from Ringling would be impressed with me. Not to say that they didn't give me plenty of pointers, oh no. I learned SO much working in the studio with them. Especially the photoshop class. I pretty much spent every extra moment I had in the computer lab to work on techniques. And also because it was a room full of Cintiqs. 0______0
I can tell you with 100% truthfulness that when I first walked into that room and they handed me my pen for the week I got that same butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling that you get when you are in the presence of your crush. I mean seriously, I was *in love* with those tablets. And being able to use the latest version of Photoshop. And zbrush. And having personal access to a Ringling Illustration professor for a week. Aaaffakjdhkajgaf I want to go back. T_T
I did meet some other cool art teachers my age, two of whom were also thinking about making the switch to freelancer. They were really interested to hear that I was moving to Colorado to give this thing a go and we all swapped info to keep in touch. They kept me out pretty late every night after Wednesday and we usually ended up at Growler's, a local pub right next to campus. All I can say is man, some teachers really like to drink. xD I am not one of them, but I do think it's fun being around inebriated people. They are hilarious and uninhibited with their thoughts, it's pretty amusing and can lead to some....interesting conversation, to say the least.
All in all, it has been an invigorating and wonderful week. I'm hoping to carry the momentum forward and on into the future as I step out on this freelancer path. It's frighteningly exhilarating. I get the feeling I'm grossly under prepared for what I'm about to be up against, but I'm still going to give it a shot if for no other reason than just to say that I did.