blanked wrote:What I find funny are the first two options. They are the same answer from different points of view.
I don't think they are.
Because without foundation everything you learn after about the style you want won't be much good, so what is you view on what is more important.
Poll answer 1 indicates that Art school is everything, poll answer 2 indicates that it's just a starting point and there are many more factors involved (see the "portfolio" replies elsewhere). I answered the way I did because art school, and I'm talking 4 year college degree here (part 1: the school), provides core curriculum (Art history, English, Psych, maths, etc.), structured learning, peer review, mentoring, credibility, et. al. (part 2: expected career path) I'm not sure if Disney hires folks based on their DA profiles, but I know they had some lofty requirements for their engineering spots. Conversely, I also knew a kid who had an amazing eye for 3D modeling and got hired to work for Paramount with no degree to speak of.
(part 3: disposition) An artist can be wildly successful being "self taught" by using the vast knowledge available online, but they have to take advantage of it.