Anonymous asked: Starting at SVA this fall for Computer Art and I was just wondering what to expect for Drawing I? First day stuff you experienced/advice? Is everyone ridiculously good?
Hello anon! I hope Orientation Week is going well for you (:
The answer to your question is actually that, to my knowledge, Computer Arts majors don’t take Drawing I. The big Foundation blocks are made up of graphic design, fine arts, illustration, and cartooning, and outside of those four majors, Foundation year course vary widely from major to major.
I don’t actually know the specific things you CA majors get up to. I’m pretty sure it involves Dark Majykks, because… yeah, a lot of people in that major are pretty ridiculously good.
However! Please do not take that as a tolling bell of doom. Understand: no matter how good your classmates are, or how much worse than them you think you are, hard work counts for more than I think many are willing to believe.
I was actively mediocre for most of my college career, and then I suddenly Got Good senior year. Why? Because I spent three years putting in some solid time, and then I spent the first semester of senior year showing up between 8am and 9am nearly every day, and between classes, my campus job, and working in the studio not leaving until 12-1am on average. And you know, my friends outside of SVA started wondering if they’d made me up, and I crashed like a crashing thing when school ended because that’s not actually sustainable practice, but I wound up on the level of classmates who had seemed absolutely unreachable a few years before.
Not that I’m recommending 17hr days on campus day one of freshman year! Just, uh. Keep in mind that a) the various levels you place yourself and your classmates on is not only subjective but desperately skewed by the eye of the beholder and b) hard work is a thing that is effective and also bonus c) if you allow yourself to convince yourself that you are Not Good, you will exhaust yourself and also potentially create a self-fulfilling prophesy.
WOW I’M SORRY THIS GOT REAL PREACHY
JUST GO AND HAVE FUN AND MAKE FRIENDS AND DO YOUR ART