1: I enjoy lots of different genres, but I think action-adventure is what I gravitate toward, and I'm a sucker for Sci-fi.
2. My favorite of Takahashi work is probably Ranma 1/2. I love the humor and there's a lot of martial arts in it that Takahashi does a great job with.
3. The Sequential Art degree program does include a math class as a general education requirement (most degree programs at most schools do). SCAD gives freshmen the opportunity to take an exam to test out of having to take math. I was able to pass that test and take a science class instead, but most students don't pass that exam.
As far as college stuff in-general goes, I think the most important thing to look at is cost and your career goals. I didn't really understand the impact of student loans until after graduation, and between my personal loans and the loans my parents took out it is a crippling amount of debt that neither I nor my parents could afford. If you are thinking of going to art school, do so if you and your family can afford it and/or if you are 100% committed to making a living from your art (which takes a lot of hard work).
I don't mean to totally discourage you - going to SCAD was a great experience, and I got to meet really amazing professors and study abroad - but there is still a part of me that would have decided not to go if I had really understood the weight of the debt I would graduate with. I wouldn't want others to go the same path without thinking realistically about the consequences.
There are less expensive options, such as going to a cheaper state-school with a good art program, and using online learning resources. It'd take a little more self-motivation, but Imaginism Studios and Society of Visual Storytelling have tons of courses by comics artists and animators.
4. I do art digitally for the most part. I use Clip Studio Paint (also known as Manga Studio), which is a program made specifically with comics artists in mind. I highly recommend it. I used to use Photoshop and Illustrator, but I've since switched to using CSP exclusively. Seems like Medibang Paint has a comparable set of tools, tho. I also use a Wacom Tablet to draw. Someday I'll have a Cintiq :'D
Thanks for the welcome, and I hope your arts learning goes well!
Hey! Thanks for checking in. I am planning on doing so tonight or tomorrow, as I've got a lot of free time this week. I want to get some of my drawings as well as the cover of the first issue of my comic that's coming out on Comixology tomorrow. I will connect with or friend you when i make an account (if you're able to do that?)
Thanks for the added info on Paigeeworld. I think I will get on that site. Now that my comic is on a digital imprint, I can't post pages, but I'll at least post the covers for the issues that are coming out (which I'm excited about and think Paigeeworld folks who like Euromanga will appreciate)
Hey! I did check out Paigeeworld - however I'm not too sure where to start. Is it like Deviantart for posting, and it shows all posts or posters you follow in a Pinterest thread? Also, is there a community aspect to Paigeeworld, or is it more about sharing art? Also, where's your art on there?
Sometimes I wish my natural style was a whole lot more like American or European manga styles. But I got into those influences way too late to do anything about it heh. I like that site, I'll have to check it out some more
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