Anonymous asked: hello! I'm thinking of attending Gobelins...but I can't find much information about it so I hope you can help me. First of all, I heard that you need some animation experience...but what kind of experience? professional experience? if yes, where did you study before you got in Gobelins? please...tell me your steps, how did you study and everything. I really need some help here. thank you!
hey buddy !
Good you mentionned gobelins, you’re actually not the first person to ask me about the school.
Gobelins is really starting to open up to international students, fare is 6500€ per year and schooling lasts 4 years. It’s a blend of 2D and 3D teaching, with a BIG emphgasis on animation (rather than design and story board, background design or other ..)
Thing is, since you spend so much time on animation, you’ve gotta have solid draftman skills to attend. In my case, you can find a link here to the portefolio that got me in : http://dessinepouroublier.blogspot.fr/2008/05/jai-eu-les-gobz-woah.html
but tbh, this isn’t what you wanna have. You wanna be way better than this in order to take in a maximum of informations. I was always behind, struggling with my poor drawing abilities with too little time to apply all the animation rules and guidelines you’re being taught.
You don’t need professional experience, even if this could be a plus. Professional from the industry will be evaluating your portefolio + “written” exam (more like drawn exam) so remember their expectations are industry level thus … strive for your best.
In my own particular case, I graduated from high school in France (with an option in sciences, this was to be sure I could drop out of drawing and get a “proper” job in case) then got in an intensive preparation art school. We took 8 hours of life drawing a week, observation drawinh etc .. I took the gobelins entrance exam twice : once on senior year of high school (obviously didnt get in), once after this preparation art school (and then got in). The school I attended was : l’atelier de sèvres. Now schooling there has changed a lot, so I’m not sure it’s that relevant to get in if you wanna try out for gobelins.
on a side note, you can self train by drawing at least 8 hours a day (this is what you’ll do i the industry anyway, so the earlier you get used to it …), drawing A LOT from observation (go to the zoo, if you don’t have a zoo, a park with like ducks and animals, and draw your pet, draw anything, glue your pen to your hand). Then life drawing, again and again and again….
and when you can’t take it anymore, draw some more. you’ll see you’ll make great progress thx to observation. TRy to get in some colo studies, shape design and creative stuff like that, but if you’re really into gobelins, think draftsmanship first.
here are a bunch of other portefolios that got students in gobelins as well :
dunno if this got in, but honestly it hope it did :
Hopefully this is some help. Cheers and good luck man, never give up. Motivation will be your greatest strenght in the end.