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...
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.
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.
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!
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...
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
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.
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*
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...
self taught all the way 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.