blue sky studios art

Last year, I colored some storyboards for Ice Age 5. They gave the colorists a color script and character palette to follow but it was a rather big file that took up a big chunk of my desktop space. I made a blob chart for myself so I could keep it in the corner of Photoshop to quickly reference. It’s probably the most impressive thing I’ve ever drawn.

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Thanks for all the great emails and questions about putting a portfolio together. I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out. I’ve derived the content from from my own experience and internships before having a full-time job. As you’ll read, a portfolio is the most important thing you’ll do when applying to a job. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible.

These are the first five pages in a series of posts about how to layout a portfolio, including content, images, size, material and everything in between. Part I is for the artist still deciding what to do for a discipline. I’ve catered the last three pages to a visual development portfolio for animation but the principles can be applied to any artistic presentation (illustration, design, even interior design).

These are my opinions and I realize there are many ideas out there which are also fantastic. What I have written are simple truths and tips I’ve learned along the way. This doesn’t represent a studio I work or will work for. I hope it is helpful and can provide some perspective into a competitive portfolio and help you land your next job!   

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Nightcrawler…

Let’s say… his powers kept mutating and the dudes at the gifted school built him a suit that he needs to keep from bamfing away.

The first one is his resting state… and the second one is when he’s getting ready to teleport.

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Blue Sky’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was first released on July 1, 2009, and has since taken place in the top ten highest-grossing animated films of all time.

During the playground-scene in which the mother dino first appears, Manny shouts, “Nobody move a muscle!” The same line is spoken by Alan Grant in Jurassic Park III (2001) when the group stumble upon a feeding T-Rex. (x)

Happy First Anniversary to the Peanuts Movie! By far one of my absolute favorite films to come out of Blue Sky Studios! I may not have worked on this film, but I can just FEEL the love, effort, and fear that was put into this film, and I adore it for that.

This picture was pretty difficult for me because I’m not used to drawing group shots. I can only draw like two people together. XD But I still pursued! Even if it didn’t come out QUITE as good as I had hoped it would. Especially how I drew Linus and Lucy, I’m cringing so bad! XD

But I hope you guys like it. Cause I’m certainly happy that I drew it. :D