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That's the plan, and moving to the United States, in the year 2014 that is.

You gotta start somewhere right?





Now before anyone jumps the gun let me clarify:


  1. I currently don't work for Archie Publications nor have I been offered a position, however it's about time I set myself a goal (a realistic one while at it) - and that is do whatever it takes to work for Archie Publications in the next 5 years.
  2. I'm telling you all this because I invite you all to my journey for the five years. I'm going to document whether I've succeeded or failed in my goal which will become a story and a life lesson in itself.
  3. My family and close friends know that I'm good at saving money and boy have I been doing it well (for the past 10 years or so). I've managed to save up the $70,000 USD that I needed to last me 2 years at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco (it helps when you're not so materialistic and don't have a girlfriend - yet!)
  4. It took me 10 years to realise that I have some talent in me, it took me another 10 years to really decide on whether or not I should pursue a job that can utilise this talent - that is, my ability to illustrate.


So yeah guys, I'm going to do my best to 'make it' into Archie Publications. I can definitely see a very good future for the company and their line-up of comics to offer for the next, perhaps, 5-10 years! The company was actually founded in 1939, that's more than 70 years ago and the company is still growing strong.


It is pretty obvious that I would like to work in the 'Sonic the Hedgehog' department where currently the three guys leading the future of this series are: Ian Flynn (prime writer), Tracey Yardley (prime artist/art director) and Paul Kaminski (prime editor). But I don't want to limit myself to that, and hopefully when I do some art courses I will seriously improve on my ability to illustrate, edit, create and publish concepts.


So what is my plan?

Well my plan is this:

  1. 2013 - February to June: Complete the first semester of Graphic Design (Diploma) at my local vocational training and certified institution www.central.wa.edu.au/Courses/…
  2. 2013 - July: Travel to San Francisco. Catch up with friends. Visit Academy of Arts school and get a 'feel' for the place. Possibly do an advance enrollment into the 'School of Illustration (AA)' course www.academyart.edu/illustratio…. Travel to San Diego Comic Con and get a portfolio review and advice from the Archie booth.
  3. 2013 - August to December: Successfully complete the Graphic Design course and get my Diploma. I essentially want to be competent in using Adobe ILLUSTRATOR & Adobe IN-DESIGN programs which are two programs highly regarded by graphic designer professionals (this will enable me to do page spreads, create attractive articles on the web, logos and illustrations used for advertising - a good skill to attain if you're working in publication!).
  4. 2014 - Spring (ie February in the US): Enrolled to 'School of Illustration (AA)' course, fly over to San Francisco, settled my rent in the city www.usastudentrooms.com/rooms.…, and begin the course - which will go on for the next 2 years leading into graduation (if successful) at Fall 2015 (ie September in the US).
  5. 2016 - ?: Hopefully at this point I would have equipped myself with an above industry standard portfolio, a significantly enhanced ability to illustrate just about anything that comes to mind or anything that is requested (not just fan art), a network that will help me gain employment (first preference being - Archie Publications).


So yeah that is the plan. Oh and I've decided that I would like to pursue a new life in the United States, and of course I know all about the economy and whatnot but really if you're passionate enough and good enough at what you do I'm pretty sure the opportunity is there.

The other thing is I love American culture, the landscape and the diversity it offers. And more importantly I want to, well, perhaps marry somebody there one day too. :)

Now I know it's a bit silly stating stuff that's pretty darn personal but hey we live in a crazy world and people already know I'm eccentric (hopefully in a good way! :giggle:).

Over the 20 years living in Australia I've been blessed with a loving and supporting family, a house to live in, an education, a well paid job and the freedom to do whatever I want. I've been really lucky when I compare it to the world that is suffering from all sorts but we just gotta deal with what we're given right?

Anyways I quickly discovered that perhaps taking the easy route in life (that is, continue working at the casino, earn plenty of dough to save up for a house, find a girl and have kids) is not really what I want. I'm bored with life at the moment and it's time to find some meaning in my life.

I know I love Sonic the Hedgehog, I know I like to entertain, I know I can draw stuff pretty well and I know that I have enough money to survive tough times.


What's missing are these two things:

  1. A career where I can go beyond and above on what I can already achieve, and have a passion for doing it.
  2. Finding the girl of my dreams.


Now I've said this to my colleagues at work (and to my family - and some close friends of mine online) that I'm very picky when it comes to finding the girl that I really want to be with for the rest of my life. At this rate I think I'll be a bachelor forever, so perhaps I'll have to be a bit flexible with my pickings.

But anyways, besides the point - I'm going to let you guys know that I have yet to have a date, to have kissed, to have made-out - or to be more direct - have sex (omg! I'll be the 40 year old virgin at this rate! That joke never gets old for me with my friends, and you know who you are! lol). Ideally I'd love to do all of this with my first date, the one where I'll pretty much be stuck till the end of time, and at this point I'm pretty happy to abide by that. However friends tell me that I should at least do it while I can, because that way - when you have the experience - you can make love better to your true girl. And you know they're right, they do make a good point.

.............

What the hell did I just say?

Anyways the kind of girl I'm looking for in general (you can already tell that I'm advertising myself in advance - lol) is someone who has a nice smile, is approachable, likes a good laugh, likes her food, is health conscious, like to travel and do outdoor stuff from time to time (like hiking/camping and such, or even visiting new places), is artistic (don't have to be Leonardo Da Vinci, just someone who can draw cartoons and have fun doing it - it'll be a bonus if they're amazingly talented!), isn't too materialistic (to a degree), likes the simple things in life, and crazy as it may sound - someone who knows Sonic the Hedgehog inside out or has grown from it since being a kid - ESPECIALLY the Archie Comics series.


So yeah if you tick those qualities, and you are attending Academy of Arts in San Francisco in 2014, you're a girl in your 20's, hell let's hook up sometime, perhaps coffee or a movie and you can crash at my private pad anytime! :giggle: :giggle: :D *SHOT*


*A-hem* So why am I looking for the kind of girl as described above? Well let me tell you - I'm someone who is approachable, likes to smile and likes to make that person happy, I'm bad at jokes but I'll try to entertain in some other way (perhaps do a silly impression of your favourite character in a cartoon/movie/comic?); I'm good with my cooking so I'd love to cook stuff for you when I get the chance; I'm currently in shape - not overweight nor super fit - but I'm health conscious and believe that good health leads to not only good wealth but a longer and happier life; I've traveled around the world five times so perhaps it's time I share my adventurous side with you at other places I'd like to take you to for a holiday; I've been drawing since day one and I still don't find myself artistic yet - perhaps your experience can help enlighten me in becoming a better artist; I'm personally not materialistic and really embrace the simple joys in life (like going out to the farmer's markets on a weekend - sample local produce for lunch and take home some fresh ingredients where I'll use it to make ya an awesome dinner, and perhaps I'll pick some flowers for ya along the way); and finally, there is an endless list of reasons why it'd be so cool if you have some deep history with Sonic (again I emphasis the comics part since perhaps one day we may be working together at the company that creates the publication every month).


All in all, I can't wait to begin this new life of mine. It's been a long time coming saving up all that money to prepare my immigration to the United States and perhaps landing a job at Archie Publications.


This is really only the beginning and I've got PLENTY to prepare. And heck I haven't even mentioned my back-up plans just in case I can't get myself into Archie Publications over the course of my journey - you always need a back-up plan.


I will continue updating about my journey as well as any new plans that will help me progress throughout the year, it will be an ongoing theme on top of any miscellaneous journal entries that I'll be posting on occasion.


Be expecting some pretty neat stuff in the coming months. Take care everyone, enjoy some happy snaps and here's wishing you all a Happy New Year in 2013!










Oh and this one's for you :iconziggyfin:, as promised! ;)

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: Sonic Archie Encyclopedia
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ashe-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woah, i'm overwhelmed with how incredible this journal was, I am beyond amazed at just how much effort and planning you have put into this! You really are one of a kind Elson, and when you find your girl, you'll understand just how incredible you are :) I seriously wish you the best of luck on this journey, and I hope I can follow your progress with this. You have always been a great inspiration to me on the sonic side of things, and your artworks are defiantly 'Way Past Cool!" It is seriously a great honor to know and talk to you uvu I am sad to hear that you plan to move away from Australia, but you sound like your heart is set on this job, and I know with your amazing skills and talent, you'll get it. We'll all be cheering when you put up that journal saying you got the job at Archies! And if America is were you plan to go, then don't let anyone stop you! You go to America and live your dream, and maybe one day i'll be able to head over there and exchange an awesome high five with you! Haha.
Best of luck with everything and I hope everything goes well in America for you! :D
(apologies for the long comment haha ^^;)
~Ashe
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey there Ashe! Thanks for the feedback and well wishes!

I didn't know you lived in Australia, which city?

It's an exciting journey and one to look ever forward to. *thumbs up*
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Trash-meta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Writer
May you have a great future based on what you said here. XD
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ElecRockin Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish you great luck in your goals (trust me when I say I've heard that joke as well LOL). I do have a concerning question for you.

Did you ever thought up a back-up plan incase you didn't meet the requirments of Archie (or them currently filled up with staffs?). I respect your passion of sonic comics as well as your desire for working there, but I just want to make sure you're prepared on the 'worst case scenario'

did you also thought up what job you'll have in the US that'll help pay rent and food or are you going to be free-lancing?
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dragontamer272 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck. I myself feel the same way on finding my goal in the arts.
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ImTooLayzee Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh... Even though I've known you only from Deviantart (and occasionally on Twitter), not to mention never met you in person (just a humble watcher, one of many :D), you impress me greatly. With your creativity, determination, openness and deep devotion to Sonic fandom. I wish you the best of luck - because you have everything else. Oh, and patience too - that thing is always useful.

P.S.: that applies to your search of girlfriend too :)
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Azurelly Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have had this in your eyes and planned this for a long time (if I mentioned it correct. Sorry for my English :XD:) these are opportunities that you can take it in your hands. Lucky you! :D
Talent is only the half but you have to have a lot of luck I guess.
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Shadow-Dinosaur Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! :D Very awesome. Sounds like alot of major plans! :D I wish you the best now I know.
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RainbowDash1311 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i hope we can still keep in touch im gonna miss you will you still be on deviantart.

i think your dream came true and i think spaz and tracey will love to have you on the SAC team

i'm gonna put all my sonic stuff on deviantart as a gift to you for your acomplishment


bye
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry I'll still be on DA for a long shot. ;)
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RainbowDash1311 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay :d
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LilFluff Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Good luck! But truthfully it sounds like you are doing a great job of making your own luck. You've got a plan, you've done the ground work to get it started, and you've shown you've got the dedication to stick with it (even being single, to save up that money you've had to resist temptations time and again). That nest egg is a big deal too, if you can manage to pay as you go in school rather than graduating with a pile you debt then you'll be another step ahead.

I won't be surprised at all if we're reading that you've made it in 2016.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's hope so dude, I'll need all the luck I can get and all the hard work I can put in. ;)
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Fent-The-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Artist
Been following you for a while, love your comic dramas, and let me say, weather you make it or not it takes a lot to put yourself out there, both professionally by chasing your dreams and personally in what you just wrote. You’re becoming truly inspirational and judging by the work you have produced as an amateur I’m sure you’re going to do great! HERE’S AN EARLY WELCOME TO THE STATES MANE!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers Matt, I'll be doing my best no doubt! 8-)
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chaoman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wish you best of luck! I should see if Archie has a division for 3D or games. I wonder if any more old SOAH members are part of or looking to join Archie?
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RiotaiPrower Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Artist
Haha, Elson! You described me very well in your paragraph of the perfect girl~ It's a shame I'll most likely still be living in the greater Boston area. But I'd be 22 in 2014 *shot many times*

Oh, what am I saying? I have a boyfriend currently lmao.

Either way, I'm really proud of you for pursuing a dream and sticking to your goals. It's very rare to find people who have that kind of motivation. I'm also amazed at your ability to save up money. Wish I had a mindset like that myself.

Good luck with your goals! We'll all be watching what you become from here.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you RiotaiPrower! With enough practice and discipline you'll be able to save in no time.

And I couldn't believe that you're an audio engineer and musician!! That is seriously tight. :) Wishing you all the best in getting the most out of your career in audio and music production! *thumbs up*
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russellrock Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww crabcakes! Why is it that all awesome people are so far away! :saddummy: Now you'll be (once you apply lol ) at the West Coast! *lives in the Central/Midwest area* Well, just remember to have here in the USA!!!!
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Aros2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:O Whoa...Good luck man! ^^
Man, I have yet to set such a solid goal like you have. All I have at the moment is get through at least two years of community college, get to an art institute (or school with a REALLY good art program), and try to pursue a career in drawing for video games or cartoons (maybe even comics, I'm beginning to warm up to the concept of drawing all of those pictures on one page). I'm not sure if I see myself working for Archie one day, but man wouldn't that be cool?! Another option I might have would be something in the entertainment business, though I think I might be better suited for voice acting. Still, I guess the way I'm trying to handle things is tackling things as they come, but I've almost forgotten how inspiring it is to have a goal in mind. It's even more inspiring to see someone like you come all the way here just to achieve that goal as well. Sort of makes people like me who practically already live in the area (Monterey, like one bay over) realize that it's time for me to get serious about this stuff and try to figure out EXACTLY what I want to do. It's also a pretty bold statement of you to list the qualities you are looking for in a girl, I'm a bit too shy and timid myself to really "advertise" myself like that. ^^;

I wish us both luck in achieving our goals (however vague or specific at the moment they might be) and to the chance of actually meeting one another one day. San Francisco is one of the areas I'm looking at for my vague future plans and I've actually wanted to check out the Academy of Arts so hopefully that just might happen.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Save up and give it a go! ;)
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Looks like you set up some realistic goals and know that things can go for hard times. I hope you can make it through and that they will have a position open for you by that time. since these days, its hard to get a job.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude, I've read all about it and sometimes you just gotta do it tough.

"When the going gets tough, the tough gets going", as they say. ;)
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Yep, never know if you can do something until you go for it.
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DrReverb Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Glad to see you dream big. Overwhelming as it may be, it's better taking the chance then never taking it at all, regretting not knowing what could have happened. I personally want to establish my own record label and move to Japan. And while most find it far fetched, I know myself it's worth trying.
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DrReverb Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
And you're definitely talented enough to do so! =D
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Xaolin26 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
It's been truely remarkable to see your growth as an artist. And it's incredibly awesome that you're going forward with your dream. I visited the campus of Acadamy of Art a few times, you're going to love it. Just be careful of the crazy crazy traffic in San Fransisco (especially those steep hills!). The tuition for the AA is oooooh so pricey . . ., but it's good you've saved up money for it! Don't know if I'll ever attend a college like that though . . . maybe one day.

Anyway, since you're planning to come to the U.S., you should take some time to visit some of the best places here! Disneyland is definitely one of the best places to visit, but my favorite place to go is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is a great place to draw from (the forests almost look like the ones that the Freedom Fighters live in!). I've drawn really good backgrounds and characters based on what I've experienced in Yosemite. The mountains in Yosemite is just-beautiful. You should definitely visit Yosemite.

I wish you the best of luck at your future college, and I'm betting one day you will work for Archie Publications. :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been to those places you've mentioned. I absolutely loved Yosemite National Park, I've posted photos of my adventures there on Facebook.

San Francisco? Been there three times and I'm looking forward to establishing a presence there soon. :)
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Xaolin26 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool! Did you see Half-Dome (the mountain that looks like someone chopped it in half :XD:)? I remeber during one summer, my parents and I hiked to the very top of it. I could see practically the entire valley from there!
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry about the grammar mistakes - half awake here .
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Internship at a specific job * Well also if you need a degree really fast and are willing to essentially have no life beyond working at school .But yeah the quality of the Education is Questionable and there been class-action lawsuits against the owners of these college chains by students here in the states .
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hm i'd recommend against a Commercial art school in the USA (as someone who attended one there crap and Living in San Francisco )There Overpriced and you can get the same education for a fraction of the cost at the local city college or at the San Francisco City college which one of the largest and diverse city colleges in the country . Second they have issue with accreditation so the University systems in the USA doesn't respect many of the classes formed by these Colleges (They had some great teacher but the system of education was awful). There also alot of hidden fees , In one I went to they would charge 50 dollar if you where late a day or so for class registration .

Also had an issue with understanding were all the money that we gave them was being invested in , Since there not really under the regulation of the government they can invest the money how ever they like lol.. meaning the money went into the major/professions they consider "HOT" Fashion and movie production, Culinary . They built an entire floor for fashion and culinary while I was there , yet there was no lol floor built for game design or animation ) , While Animation and Game production we got the scraps since are jobs are going overseas or highly saturated market.

. Art Institute (Which isn't that different from the Art academy there about 4-5 blocks apart , Art Academy on Montgomery and Institute is near the Civic Center Bart station. ) They Didn't even have a painting class , they argued that they exist teach us software and if you wanted to learn painting which there director consider fine art and unnecessary try the local city college despite painting lol figure it would be required to be good artist to learn to render properly . We had to fight to get them to even put a proper digital painting class .or simply Self-teach our-self critical skills since the college refuse to offer

What are Commercial art school good for> ( Well There not All Crap ,but in general there good for getting business connection , Not furthering education )Like a teacher who worked at Disney or pixar or zygna , getting you an internship at a specific . , but the actual education isn't that great =/ . That from my 2 year experience at the school ,I have friends who are 100 K in debt lol.. from these schools , the loans can eat you alive along with the interest (Good thing you have the money to pay for it ) Just don't think it the best investment in money
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers for the advice, but I'll stick to my gut instinct and aim higher than those complaining about the school. There's always ups and downs in any situation, you just gotta take the good and make the most of it and leave out the bad as much as possible.
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OceanwaveII Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you can get an education , that not the problem ,just be aware lol they'll try to nickle and dime you ,good luck then.
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WikiDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
OMG, you're going for AAU!? Yay! I'll be attending Grad School there for my Masters by the time you show up (should be graduating with the BFA by Fall 2014 down here in Boca Raton). Oh I can't wait. It's a really great school and considerably affordable compared to other art schools here Stateside (as I'm SURE you've done your research, even if the international student fees are gonna set you back a little more than lil' ole me ^^; ) As for my Master's I'm not sure if I'll stay in graphic design or not. I love ad work, but I've got a heart for animation and sequential art even more, so I don't know where I should turn, but I do know that as a Graphic Designer, I'll be versatile as heck and can go in just about any direction so I believe you're making the wise choice in finishing your vocational studies at home first and then transferring your degree over to AAU. It'll serve you very well.

As for your dream girl...wow...erm...this may be awkward come 2014 seeing as I'll be 27 by then (holy SHIT am I OLD! ) and attending AAU as a Grad student...I don't know what'll happen relationship wise in the 2 years, but I will say this: I will, no matter what , respect and damn near idolize your work as an artist, your go-getter attitude and love for Sonic alike. You're a sweet and funny person E Wong and I wish you nothing but the best in your educational endeavors and who knows: maybe you'll hit the East coast and visit Florida before I (FINALLY) leave! Never the less, we'll all see in time. Again, good luck and keep it moving with the quickness Darkspeeds! :w00t:
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now what made you choose AAU when there are so many other top art schools in the East coast? That makes me wonder about your situation to do your masters at AAU. = )

Anyways thanks for the feedback, perhaps we may meet up in 2014 and do something pretty wicked creative stuff together. Ha ha. :D
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WikiDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Other than the location, AAU originally started as a Graphic Design and Advertising school, so their history is in my field. Not to mention most of the grads from AAU do a lot of awesome work that land them amazing gigs (The "Hi I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials were created by an AAU grad student) Plus, they offer WAY more areas of study in multi media and teach traditional as well as new school as a regular. Most schools usually sacrifice one for the other or charge ridiculous amounts in tution to cover it. AAU is reasonably affordable, has got nearly a 100 years worth of experience behind it (not many art schools can say that in the US) and in the BEST location for what I'm trying to do.

Also, DUDE, have you SEEN the competition and the costs on the East?! It's disgusting! Savannah College of Art & Design, aka SCAD is one of the top ranked art schools in the country, let alone the east coast (Seriously, recruiters call SCAD "Pixar East") but have you seen their tuition?! $30,000 a year undergrade before housing. Undergrad before housing Elson!! I dunno about you, but I'd rather not acrew a mortgage level debt before I even get a house. Up north on the east is no different, not to mention some schools lack in certain areas of interest. The one school I'd consider would be Columbia College Chicago, as their tuition is just as reasonable as AAU's...but the housing situation just brings it right back up to SCAD prices.

So it's
a) Curiculum
b) Alumni track record
c) Location
d) Tuition

That made me choose AAU as my number one choice for Grad School. Hope that answers your question and, heh, heh I see what you did there :D
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah nice. In my case I got a higher stake since I'll be footing international rates for public universities. To me that cost is no surprise. If I were to attend the one that Evan's attending it'll cost me around that figure before housing too. :)

Anyways if you do well your investment should pay off in good time. I'm very fortunate to be in a position to be able to complete two years debt free - it's just that I will go back to a zero balance in my bank account. ;)
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WikiDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Well then lucky you. Come graduation I'm looking at least $25K
to ignore repay.

Good grief what school is Evan attending?! Good thing she started with Archie now (Go Evan! :w00t: )so come her graduation she's set to go (just like Johnathan Gray was when he finished at SCAD)

Investments would require a steady financial source of some sort, which, unfortunately I lack, hence my educational pursuit. I really wish I could hang on to a steady, well paying job, ( at the moment, I'm literally hanging on for dear life on unemployment & food stamps (perhaps I should start selling commissioned pins? I'm pretty good at slogans so, I dunno. Maybe that'd help?) so I could do what you're doing to prepare for what will be my final 4 semesters (counting summer sessions)after this Spring, but it's certainly not for lack of trying I can assure you. ^-^
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry to hear about your situation, hope it'll get better to a point where you'll find yourself a well paying job and one that you'll enjoy doing at the same time.

Evan is enrolled in the 5 year Bachelor Degree in Animation and Illustration at San Jose State University. She's picked an excellent course to work with - I can only see very good things for her when she comes out of that school with all the skills and knowledge obtained from there.
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WikiDreamer Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Agreed, and with all the experience she's gotten out of Archie so far, let alone her personal work, it'll be quite a sight for us all here to see.
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Lily-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
aww what a beautiful goal. :giggle: I can't wait for you to come out here to the USA. That shall be a life changing experience for you. I'm sure you'll reach your goal.

For the girl, I read your dream girl paragraph. I find it adorable and funny because I fit all those xD! I forgot we're the same age, both artist. I grew up on Sonic since it came out and I even read the archies comics. Outdoors, I love going camping with my families especially to Arizona. One of my favorite places.Food... I love food!! man can't say no it xD!! Degree well I only have a AA for liberal arts currently working up as a manager in retail ( and I don't mind I love my work :3 ) I really love to have fun seeing the many adventures we had when you came down. ( wish it longer xD so much to see ELSON!! ) Sadly I am taken, but no worries mate I'm sure your gal is here :3 she'll run into you with her stunning smile and things will take off from there

Overall I'm sure once you start living here you'll see what California has to offer. I wish you luck and have my full support as well we can hang out more xP now you'll be in cali.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't believe that actually met you twice IRL now. :D It's been a real pleasure too.

And not to worry, I know you're taken and I do continue to wish you and your boyfriend all the very best in whatever you guys do together. ^^

We can hang out again once I establish myself in San Fran for the two years. I'm sure there are opportunities to visit down South more often. ;) Oh and I still got Bolt sitting not too far from me! He's such a cutie. :D
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Lily-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I know right?! Man but those two days were sure fun x3; I had so much fun learning about you and showing you what Cali had to offer. If you ever drop down hook me up I'll definitely love to hang out with ya. you got my skype and cell number ( hopefully from your trip xD )

Bolt will always be there for you :heart: He's your angel I like to call him hehe. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you I'll be moving this year with my boyfriend maybe up north in Cali not in San Francisco area though lol too expensive but maybe close who knows.:3

I can't wait to start this year!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes you did mentioned that you and your boyfriend were moving this year - but wasn't it Texas? So there is not a possibility you guys are heading up North? Interesting. = )

When I get to the USA next year I'll have to get a new mobile phone and number to keep in touch.

And yes, Bolt's my guardian angel watching over me whenever I work on my creative projects at the home studios. ;)
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Lily-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
yeah you're right it was Texas but after recently talking to my co worker he said livin gup north is a bit cheaper so I am doing my research and talking to my bf to see what we can do. We'll see :3 I hope I'll be able to stay here in cali still there's so much stuff to do here.
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swifthaven Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is sooooooo awesome! I with you the best of luck with your journey, and may azure winds blow your way~

I think it's important to live out your dreams and passions, and it seems to me that drawing/art is your walk of life. I'm so very happy and excited for you!!!
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AnimeSonikku Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student
Wow. You've got quite the ambition, AND the plan to back it up! Elson, I wish you great luck with this. It'd be great to see you in person when you make it over here. (Not sure if that'd happen anytime soon, but still. A guy can dream right?) *brofist*
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Blue-Sage Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Ah! Good to hear that you're setting a goal for yourself and always striving to improve. those are admirable qualities and I'm sure, building on the talents that you (and all of us that have been following you here and elsewhere) know you have, that one day we will see your name listed in an Archie Comics publication. :)
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EliseBellatrix Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
What can I say? Be perseverant enough to achive your dreams, Elson and learn a lot. I think you have some possibilities to work in Archie Comics since you are very passionate on your works, you have a lot of ideas, you are quick drawing them... You even have the best tools for working! Gosh, I still go *^^* when I see a Cintiq tablet!! XXD Just improve your skills and I'm sure that I'll see you in USA in the future! ^^

And, once again, there's no need to rush for finding the girl of your dreams, really. ;) She will appear suddenly in front of you, no mather if you know her for years, believe me. In my opinion, that girl will transform you some way. Don't know how. I only hope that she make you happy and don't change any from your essence, the boy that always is able to put an smile on others with his enthusiasm and projects. :hug:

Hmmm Almost 5 years since the first time that I sent you 'Mi destino' by email! XXXD Why I'm remembering that now?

Good luck! I'll be watching every step you do on your plans! ;)
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