I trained at degree level and it did nothing but rack up loads of debt and make me depressed. I also didn't learn how to draw anything really, so don't even dare bother thinking that it matters.
I mean, just look at me now! Fat lot of good it did me.
HERE'S WHAT I DUN DID IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS:
I mean, it didn't take me two whole weeks, but in between working my incredible day job and lying comatose on the floor...
What are they made out of? They're lovely.
With what you said about a degree though, I think it depends on what you're trying to achieve. If you say it didn't help a career as a top end illustrator for big corporations, I guess not. I didn't do a degree either, and all I'll say is if you don't spend 3 years working on technique, ideas, anything around "Your Art" it's incredibly hard to develop it with a job getting in the way. I mostly miss from my foundation course the fact that I was "full time" art at that point, most of my week was spent thinking about what it all meant to me, developing technique, ideas, etc.
I mean if you did it, and then get a job, you're on a head start. But for me right now I feel like I spent so much of my twenties not really doing anything, and I'm really starting it up again now. Trying to have some sort of creative process. I'm seeing more exhibitions, I'm sketching more, I'm thinking harder. But it's still too easy to come home after work and just relax with a glass of wine than to start whatever.
My problem is I dont' really know what my style is, where I want to go. Every artist in a gallery seems to have a concept. I don't know what my concept is, other than maybe a kind of Richter influenced photographic technique (as I say, I want to paint shallow depths of field) but I still do a painting and think "hmm painting by numbers here".
I'm not worried, it's just that it takes time and space to untangle the swirl of thoughts in your brain into some kind of cohesive body of work, otherwise you are really just sketching, some sketches might be a nice accomplished oil painting, but they're still kind of just sketches. If that makes sense.
I mean something you should be really proud of, Loz, is that you're one of those posters here (and many other places I'm sure) that could post anonymously and we'd know exactly who made it. You've got a theme, and a style, and I'm quite jealous of that.