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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by CGIPadawan: You can study all these paths. The question is: Will you walk on these paths?

wow - nice and positive!

To answer that - if you want it enough then yes.
  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by malcolmvexxed: How does watching tons of tutorials and taking courses online qualify as being self-taught?

It's probably more home-schooled than self thaught, but seriously, this is semantics.

Unless you're willing to rule out internet and books (because someone wrote that stuff) as well for one to qualify as self-thaught, then you should relax your definition a bit

If instead you're advocating one should never open a book written by another human being, and learn everything by re-iterating themselves the entire evolution of sciences from Arabic pre-Christian Algebra all the way to modern computational models, to truly consider themselves self thaught, you should know those people are very hard to come by

Self thaught is normally accepted to mean someone who isn't formally educated in a subject.
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  07 July 2013
Originally Posted by malcolmvexxed: How does watching tons of tutorials and taking courses online qualify as being self-taught?

Surely the generally accepted definition of "self taught" is something along the lines of "learned through avenues other than formal schooling"? Perhaps online courses would be stretching the definition somewhat, but watching tutorials? Not really that different to reading a book, in the context of learning.

Not that it really even matters, but hey.
  07 July 2013
You can learn a lot from the tutes that come with the software you choose. Looking at the online folios of other artists will help you find what area interests you the most and then participation in an online community is also very valuable. DVD tutorials are also usually a great way to advance and finally workshops when you zero in on more specialized skills. I have done a few workshops and they were well worth the time.

You can learn using these methods but to be successful you have to be very motivated. General schooling is excellent for art knowledge but unless you attend a dedicated course the quality of cg instruction is usually quite low.

This is still good advice and can help answer your question I think:

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  07 July 2013
I would just add critical feedback from others is paramount to development.

You can learn to push all the buttons and what they do. But you also need to learn what you want to achieve and why something is 'good' or 'could be better'. Something may seem finished to you but can it pass the test with someone else? a colleague, a boss a client?
And if they have a request -do have what it takes to achieve it?

-this is what i suggest to you grasshopper.
  07 July 2013
I learned the most from this site. More than school or online tutorials.

Start working on projects, and as you come to grey areas search here and you can find many threads on most subjects. Read enough, learn to pick knowledgeable people from happy helpers. Some of the most knowledgable reveal their tricks and knowledge here if you look.
  07 July 2013
Short answer:


Long answer:

Yes, but, you need an incredible amount of will power and self discipline in order to keep yourself guided and on track. Being self taught doesn't give you an excuse to work LESS, it actually means you have to work MORE and harder.

Being self taught means that, if you run into any kind of problem you have to be willing to spend hours and sometimes days figuring that problem out. Whereas in school you can simply defer to someone else's logic, at home you only have Google and your own ingenuity and perseverance.

A question that may take a classmate or a teacher mere moments to answer can easily steal hours out of your day to figure out.

Being self taught means you technically have no downtime.

Most importantly keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with wanting to go to school, or, in fact, needing it; need the discipline that comes from having a teacher always on your back, or the competition from classmates.

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  07 July 2013
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