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What courses should you take in university if you’re interested in being an illustrator?

I’m a high school student that’s always been interested in art as well as the various types of mediums. I’ve always wanted to try out watercolors, acrylics, pastels, etc. I’m currently trying to find which art style fits me best and have always been interested in creating stories. This would be a sort of way to merge my two favorite interests together, writing and drawing. So I want to know which courses would be best to steer me in the right direction. #art #college #artist #artmajor

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Carlos’s Answer

Sounds like you'd like to maybe be a comic book illustrator and writer? I'd check out this website to see if this is what you might be interested in https://www.udemy.com/topic/comic-book-creation/ since you like to draw and write.

You could also look into being a writer for movies, tv shows and a costume designer for like famed costume designer Rick Baker.
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Shannon’s Answer

If you want to experiment with different art styles look for general “BA of Art” Programs. They’ll set you up with drawing, painting, clay, figure work, digital, etc! Then when you find what you really love - you can minor in it! These programs allow you to take a vast amount of courses in different areas with a lot of flexibility!
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Nadine’s Answer

I would focus on a major b/c they will tell you which courses to take. Talk to an advisor in the art department for more insight.
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Simeon’s Answer

If you're able, I would recommend taking a look at SkillShare and at least try a free trial. They have a lot of art classes that they offer along with a variety of skill classes to help make your artistic talents marketable.
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Ellen’s Answer

Hi Arely

You've got some good responses already. Given you interest in writing stories and art, I would say definitely a liberal arts collage would be best where you could major in one and minor in the other, or do a dual major in writing and art.

I would take a variety of fine art classes to help you develop your style; general design classes, drawing, painting, printmaking and so on. Each school will have different requirements for a major or minor in art, so that will give you some guidance. To further help you with your style development, I would also suggest some general art history classes. Don't forget computer graphics classes too, as this is the direction the art world is going.

For your story telling/writing, I would suggest a variety of literature classes, and other humanities classes, such as history, and some social and regular sciences classes. Of course, you may have your interests already in the type of stories you wold like to illustrate and write about, but being well rounded with a knowledge of other subjects would be a bonus.

In the meantime, read and look at comic books, graphic novels, children's books, magazines and newspapers, and any publications that feature illustrations. There are lots of options for illustration styles, find some that interest and inspire you to develop your OWN style.

Best wishes. Hope this helps.

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