Today, my mother broached a subject with me that I hadn't even allowed myself to think of, not even once.
She asked me if I should consider applying to art schools.
It's weird. Somehow, throughout my life, I hadn't really thought I'd ever become an artist with my parent's support. My mother always told us to study for something that will definitely give us an income. When most people think about art, it doesn't quite fit in that category, haha. As it is, when I tell people I want to become an artist, they give me looks of pity or go "you poor dear" or something along those lines. (Strangely, no one who has seen my art has ever done that. I think that says something.)
I never really thought about art schools, because I didn't want my parents paying for something that I probably wouldn't be able to pay them back for. But, with the situation as it is, I won't be able to get into university next year without a fully paid scholarship in any case, so, I suppose I could just as well apply for scholarships at art schools. Mmmmm.
I'll probably have to wait another year, though. Most schools here have closed their applications, and have definitely closed their scholarship applications for next year. So I'll probably end up going to TAFE next year (really, it's almost impossible for me to get the full scholarship to university, so I'm planning as if that won't happen) to get the required skills and all-important certificate to be able to work as a book-keeper, so I can actually apply for work I'm good at (yes, I'm rather good at accountancy) and get money while studying, all while still doing this comic of mine that I'm starting to really love, building up some connections in the art world here, and studying those art schools available to me so I can apply for them next year.
Who knows. I could even apply for some in the Netherlands. That's not impossible. But I think, before I start thinking "let's start country hopping again", I'll get qualified as a book-keeper first. I don't want to go, and then not have any money-making abilities and have to leech off family. I need those abilities first, haha.
Hmm. Another reason why I've never thought of art schools is because I never thought I needed it. I thought I could do it all on my own, and I probably could. But going to college for the past two years and studying art there, being part of an oekaki board for the past four-five years, and being here on dA has shown me that even though I could do it alone, I can do it so much better when I have people around me to talk about art, to inspire me and introduce me to new artists and things that inspire me, to teach me new techniques that I may never have come up with on my own, to persuade me to use new materials, subject, and layouts I may never use otherwise. Growing as an artist is possible on one's own, but an artist grows faster and better when they have people next to them whom they can acquire knowledge from.
Status of pictures of my end of year project: My teacher keeps putting off sending them to me. *sigh* Sorry people, I really want to show it, but I can't until I have the pictures. Maybe I'll crack and post one of the bad quality ones here, just so you can see it and get some idea.
Oh, also, Sinterklaas was yesterday. Fun. My sister got a mini helicopter, and she's been playing with it all day. It's awesome fun, it flies really really well.