Hi everyone, I'm working in a non-art-related field, have not taken any college level art classes, and I'm wondering if I should apply to an art school. I'm very interested in realistic-looking concept art, creating all aspects of imaginary worlds including characters, vehicles, and environments, including matte painting. Some questions I had:
-- I don't know any artists in real life, so I'm always wondering about job placement in the real world. Say for example, you are a student at Art Center, if you practice 70 hours a week continuously for 3-4 years while in school, what are the chances for full-time employment upon graduation? Or enough free lance so it's the same as full-time?
-- How is the job market overall right now for concept artists, especially in the California/LA/SF areas? If you are good enough skill-wise, can you usually find what you want, or is the market already flooded by good people, so 1 opening is usually fought over by many applications who are all equally good enough?
-- I'm looking at Art Center right now, any suggestions for other schools?
-- Below are some of my work samples (first 4 are imaginary, and sorry for any bad photography). Do you think I'm ready to apply? How does my current skill level compare with the typical applicant?
Thank you very much.