Basically. I'm entering my senior year of college with a double major in English and Fine Arts; however, I only began oil painting in September of last year...and I began painting figures in November. Both my Painting I and Painting II professors were very open with just letting the students play and work with oils, critiquing us individually. Overall, I would definitely consider myself self-taught.
How do you submitt your paintings? Do you take a photo or scan them in? I was really curious because sometimes I make something with pastel that I like, but I just can't upload it to DeviantART that makes it look good
It depends on the size. This painting is 16" x 20" so it's much too large for a scanner. Instead, I take a photo of it outside (not directly in the sunlight) when the painting is dry. I've actually never scanned a painting before.