I hear people say all the time, “I want to be a game developer! What do I need to do?”
My answer is always the same — if you want to be a game developer, make a game! You don’t need permission from anybody, and the information on how to do it is out there. And don’t worry if your first game (or 10) are horrible, that’s part of the process.
I’m not sure why I never took my advice when it comes to art work. I’ve always wanted to be an artist (sometime maybe I’ll tell you the story of me and my smock and my art studio when I was 10 years old), but figured I needed to go to school or something before I could do that.
I am planning on taking art courses starting this fall at UAA, but I decided to get started and draw something every day between now and then. Just something small. And I’m going to post it on my blog just to get used to the humiliation. Or rather, to try and get to the point where I just don’t care. :-)