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How did you learn art? 

131 deviants said I am self taught.
6 deviants said I learned it through School/College.
6 deviants said I learned it through work.
5 deviants said I dont draw, i write.
1 deviant said Someone i know taught me.
No deviants said I studied it at Uni.

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salmonaxe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004
Hmmm... does it count if you feel you were self taught, but have been to an art school?

I taught myself how to use most advanced 3d packages and have been doing digital art since the days of Deluxe Paint. I sat around in art school waiting for the teachers to actually show me something I didn't know. But instead, I just zoomed through the dumb crap the class was working on and did my own stuff. Most of the questions I had for teachers would go unanswered, because they just didn't know! Top that off with classes unrelated to art and poor teachers who are only teaching because they can't get a proper job in their field. (I'm bitter, because I have a dumb loan to pay off still)

Art school is a waste! All I got out of it was the proper motivation to increase my skills and interaction with my peers. Now, you can get all of that right here... on DA. Once you're out in the field, that's when you really start to learn stuff!

BTW, 3D is my main gig, but I choose not to do it on DA because my illustration is just for fun. Doing 3D makes me feel like I'm working not playing...
Calibizaro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Largely self tought with a little bit of guidance before I went to college. My classes since being in college has mostly just tought me how to do a process or basic use of a material (like in printmaking, or painting), but largely self-styled. Experimenting has tought me a lot, more than any teacher. Profes mostly were only helpful in making me try something, or tweaking my compsition.
melzart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004
Self taught. I actually failed art through school and refused to be taught someone else's way of art...

I'm 23 now, and contradicting all of what I've just said, I've quit my job after four years with no money... and decided to finally take up that government benefit (and I've always been against doing that...) and going to learn everyone else's way and expressions of art... so does that mean later on I won't be saying that I'm self-taught? -hope not.
medusaii Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2004
ive been trying to adjust doodles into paintings (myself) since i was a kid....although it still doesnt work as id like it to, no lesson ive ever attended has ever helped...improvement is always best achieved through experimenting!

much love
selva-amarga Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
I won't anwser, dear!!!

I don't know if I do art!!!

JakL Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2004  Professional Photographer
Hmm... I don't know what I could really say on this one.

I was in a visual arts class and everyone in there was for drawing except me. I was suppose to be in there for photography, but something about me having to do all the work on my own because we didnt have a working dark room just didnt seem apealing. So one day I started to draw on some regular paper and my art teacher saw and then gave me a very large water color pad and told me to work with that.

I suppose I was self taught, but I got the push I needed from my art teacher. Hmm... Yes...
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Self taught :lol: looked at some tutorials a while back to get me in the right direction.
xeoncat Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
proudly selft taught here =D
very interesting to see that the majority are self taught, there's nothing more precious than experience by practice.
neg Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004   Digital Artist
Self Taught.. its hard but fun in the process.
Always nice to come up with your own style ;)
DominoEffect Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I learned from some of the best I know...Giger, Clev, CaesarKuniva, Dinyctis, Psamtik, And all the other Abstract artists we know and love :D
AidenVenis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Student Interface Designer
I thougd it my self when founding out you could do great things with photoshop and started with rather simple tutorials for photoshop like lightning and plastic looks and tentacles. I found myself being a trendwhore then and didn't released any art till I whas getting borred at a forum for photoshop. I found out about deviantart and whas tottaly strucken by finding out that people could make space art with photoshop. I taught you could only do that with 3d programs but now I could do it to!!! I was as happy as ever and started with the stars tutorial of sirgreg and a planet tutorial. I had worken a lot on the background stars why I should work more on the planets but that wasn't that bad at all.

Now I keep finding new things, I am going to make some pixel art on my vacation becuase that would be the only thing I could make on my slow laptop: 500 Mhz, 128 MB memory, 4,5 Gigabite harddisk and I shouldn't speak of my 3d things that are on it (settlers 4 works and Diablo 2 is just working). So no photoshop on it and no hardcore games, old timers would do becuase vacation would be more napping outside and take photo's and hang out with some friends on the campside, right? It's only a emergency rescue for when it starts raining or for the evening. Besides my parents won't let me play behind my laptop all day.

But this is starting to be more like a journal then a comment so I won't say more :|
kecen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I'm self taught mostly, though I did check out tutorials on colouring back when I was starting out on CG art.
I also did take a few basic lessons back when I was....say...7.
willyb246 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I play music, and belive me I couldn`t
draw a straight line with a ruler. but I
feel many of the artists at this site are
the best in the world!
shadoglare Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I've taken art classes both in high school and college, but I've seriously learned much more from home book study than I ever did from the classes.
There are way too many art teachers that fall into the "It's an art class, so I don't really give a crap if you learn anything or not" category.
TheComplex Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I once went to an art class at my highschool, but that class actually discouraged me from drawing rather than helping me draw
yosh-dewd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
self taught...if what i do can be called art :D i learned everything i know using the famous principle of `trial and error` :D
derangedpotato Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
by copying Mr. Dressup!
Bladeshock Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
self taught
pumpa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
kmilo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I am self taught. ^^

all by my self
pageone Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I'm self-taught, but I'm learning some in school.

It really sucks that my art teacher is a complete idiot though...
siebenzehn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
self taught, "learning by doing" and tutorials
beeurd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I was always good at drawing (except people, lol), school killed my love of art though, so I'm only just getting back into it really. I went through about two years where I didn't do a single peice of artwork. But then dA got me back into it. But I don't aspire to be the best, because I'm not, I just want to have fun doing it. I originally wanted a career in design, but since my GCSE and A-Levels I changed my mind and now I have meaningless qualifications. *sigh* ;)
avegen Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I've been teaching myself how to draw since third grade... and back then I was considered a prodigy-child... now I'm just an average teen artist.

This reminds me, though. I once found a website with a nine-year-old girl that was making photorealistic paintings. She taught herself, and was drawing realistic stuff since she was five or six. I mean, it was unbelievable. She's nine, and painted a picture of J.C. from her own mind's eye, and it looks like it was a giant photo of someone when she finished. And she's nine. It was pretty cool. I don't have the link, or remember her name, unfortunately...
martango Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I am self taught, and i still have alot to learn, i mean ALOT
Ladyofspira Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Self taught all the way :w00t!:
Swaroop Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
HipHopPromotor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I am self taught.. I certainly haven't learnt art yet... I still have alot to learn ;)
dj-designs Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Self taught.
AlanRalph Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Professional General Artist
Mostly I've learned at home by myself, but I've also learnt from using CorelDRAW, PhotoPaint and Illustrator at work.
draconian Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
yeap. self taught. and still teaching myself. hurrah.
firefuze Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I thought you can't learn Art, its like talent, it comes naturally.
blackzer0 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Wow. Most of us are self taught. :)

Your questions was a bit vague though... plus, "I write, I don't draw" yeah but isn't writing art as well? maybe edit the question into "visual art"? :)
Groxx Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
self taught all the way :D For a number of reasons:
Art classes at my school suck if you're looking for something to help with things I draw.
There aren't many art classes. I think only two, maybe three.
Soooo many art classes and books and whatnot focus solely on drawing what's in front of you, but that's not what's interesting to me.
SkinsT Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Self taught.
atd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
I'm self-taught.
IoKra Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Schools here are abysmal for learning people art i find, at least my school is. Im completely self taught, practice every single day and have done for about 4 years.
Trelela Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Self taught
I was learning alone through all my life. Sometimes someone helped me. And few art lessons at school helped me too ;P
ladyrapid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Professional Photographer
From scratch ^_^, i agree with ^hameed on that some basic lessons or whatever in the beginning (or now of me :D) would been very good.
viremaster Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am self taught. yep yep it was hard but ive jused some tutorials but that was most time filter here filter there =P
Pada-wan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004
Self taught, apart from hanging on solarvoyager

Hameed Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Self taught here, wish i could have had some photoshop lessons when i started of though, its a real pain to learn.
winddragon24 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Self taught all the way, sense kindergarten! :)
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