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I’ve been a game artist for a mo­bile gam­ing com­pany for the past two years. I was lucky to get the job based on its need for a flash artist, which I am.

It started off well, but I was more of a tech artist than an artist and I’ve been im­prov­ing my art as I work. How­ever, I don’t think the com­pany be­lieves I’m im­prov­ing fast enough, so I may be out of work soon.

Which leaves me won­der­ing if I should go back into full-time ed­u­ca­tion. I’m 33 years old so have been work­ing for about 10 years. I have saved enough to sup­port my­self and do a course in art foun­da­tions, which I feel I missed out on. I did a de­gree in an­i­ma­tion, but it was aw­ful. With so many short cour­ses online these days, would it be bet­ter to cre­ate my­self a more be­spoke learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that way?

Also, is there an online di­rec­tory for all of ImagineFX’s pub­lished ar­ti­cles? Rick, via email Beren replies First off, I hope you aren’t laid off Rick – that would suck. I’m also in­ter­ested in why the an­i­ma­tion course was such a stinker? But if you’re se­ri­ously think­ing of get­ting back into art, the fun­da­men­tals are a pretty damn good place to start. I’ve just come back from a week at the art fes­ti­val Tro­jan Horse was a Uni­corn, in which I heard dig­i­tal art lu­mi­nar­ies Craig Mullins, Robh Rup­pel and, well, just about ev­ery­one I spoke to, stress the im­por­tance of mas­ter­ing the fun­da­men­tals of draw­ing.

Craig per­son­ally said that go­ing to an ac­tual school was im­por­tant for him, as it in­stilled these ba­sics into his art brain. But if you have the drive, I’m sure you can make the most of online classes.

As for our online pres­ence, you will find a good se­lec­tion of ImagineFX ar­ti­cles over at

www.cre­ative­bloq.com. It’s not all our stuff, but has plenty of work­shops and shorter tips from the best artists around. Good luck!

We weighed up the pros and cons of study­ing art ei­ther online or in a bricks-and-mor­tar set­ting in is­sue 110.

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