No, I do not believe that would be detrimental to you. It is never detrimental to do well in school. In fact, all of your studies and hard work will only benefit you even more.
Trust me … you are still young and have plenty of time to devote to your artistic skills.
I speak from experience on this one…
Instead of wanting to develop art for games I knew early on that I wanted to work on animated feature films. I was not entirely sure what part of the process I wanted to go into at first. I loved all of it. I took a couple art classes in high school, but not many (I doodled in every single class). Sophomore year I joined the video production club and participated heavily in it for the next 3 years. I explored story boarding and video editing quite a bit before I realized my true passion was animation. My senior year of high school my senior project was teaching myself animation and that’s when I began to realize and wish I had taken more art classes. Like you I had focused on my academics, taking many AP and honor courses, while keeping up my GPA. I discovered a little too late that the colleges I wished to attend cared more about the art portfolio than the grades.
To remedy this I spent one whole year at the local community college, which had a fantastic fine art program. I devoted every waking moment to working on my art. I took 5 courses in figure drawing, experimental drawing, design and color, fundamentals of drawing, ancient medieval art history, and installation art. I was then able to explore the school’s I wanted to attend with a portfolio in hand.
Funny thing is… after many campus visits I actually decided upon a school that did not require a portfolio, however, to this day I am still happy I spent that year learning the basic foundation of art. I would not do it any other way.
I attended Animation Mentor for 18 months and focused solely on character animation. Upon graduating last January I went on to work on my first feature film.
So, I just wanted to let you know that everything will work out and I can already tell you’re a determined person… and that determination is what will drive you to success.
Whenever I find myself wishing I would have started learning animation or art even earlier… I just remember to consider myself lucky.
It’s a rare thing to discover your true passion at such a young age.
Many people don’t realize what they want to do until after college or they have a career in something else…
You have plenty of time and will make it!
Good luck and Best wishes!