got through the day with only 3 hours of sleep since i managed to finish my major at 3am : ) aannnnnnnd i submitted my first major project of the year and i gotta admit i am well pleased with the outcome of it all *cries tears of joy* ,when i went in for the portfolio review/feedback with the markers i have never been more overwhelmed by their comments like that was probably the best feedback i could have ever received. they really liked my work and the way its presented and im just so full of joy because they acknowledged the amount of effort i put through it all and im so :’ )
after it was finished i treated myself to some honeydew milk tea with herbal jelly and pearls because i deserved it and here is a snippet of my may weekly layout c:
I need advice on creating a portfolio for uni. I'm applying for a course in graphic design and I have no idea how to display my art. I create mostly phanart and I'm not sure if I should include this in my portfolio?? Is it a bit strange having loads of drawings of Dan and Phil in my work? I have other work that's not dnp related but there is a lot less of this work, and I'm unsure on how to display it all
when I submitted my portfolio, I did have a variety of work and not just D&P (maybe thats because I wasn’t really inside the phandom at that time) but still it consists of a lot of fanart material.
Its definitely better to display your work that is related to what you want to study or what job that you would like to apply for. I want to be an illustrator; concept artist/character designer but I am studying animation so I showed both my artistic and animation skill in which the university/job will decide which I am more suited for.
Here are some of my pages of my portfolio:-
So in conclusion, you should have both professional work related to what you want to do and some work that you’ve done in your free time. A portfolio is just a space to display what you can and like to do. It also really depends on which university/job you apply for and you need to do research and fit the criteria that they are looking for!
Some character designs I did for my portfolio based on one of my favorite childhood books, ‘Julie of the Wolves’ by Jean Craighead George. I received SO much valuable feedback on portfolio day and I’m looking forward to improving my designs!
Before you freak out, no, I am not getting rid of this one.
Right now, I’m currently finished school for the year, and I have about four solid months off. I normally would take this time to work a minimum wage (and likely food-based) job that will eventually make me want to stick my hand in a deep fryer to have an excuse not to go in anymore. But I’m fortunate enough to have a good amount of money saved up - not a lot, but enough - and I think I can swing not working this summer. But I’m not going to waste four months of freedom when this may be the last time I can do something like this before having to look for a Real Job.
I’m going to start up a side blog that will focus more on my own art, both hand-drawn and digital, and my photography. Why a blog? Because maybe if there are people actually looking forward to weekly updates I’ll actually do something. But I’ve already gone ahead and started planning what I’m going to do, and a fairly regular schedule so I hopefully can keep on top of it. And it’s not going to be anything big, because I’m going to pull my hair out if these projects start piling up.
This is… It’s a risky move, yes. I still need to be able to pay rent and tuition next year, but I really feel like I need to do this. I’ve been miserable in every part time job I’ve had - a job I knew was simply filler that wouldn’t help me much in anyway in the future aside from getting another part time job. I’ve been meaning to do something like this for a while now. That’s even why my blog name has “artscapes” in it - because I had meant for this to feature more of my own work. But between those soul sucking jobs and schoolwork, I haven’t been able to sit down and work on art or anything that I used to enjoy without getting exhausted after five minutes. I know mental health was a part of that issue, and it still is, but I’m hoping taking one of the biggest sources of misery out of the equation and filling it with something I used to enjoy will help. I’m really hoping it will.
So, yeah. It’s still a little early yet to give you any details about what this new blog will officially look like. I’m not going to start until about mid-May, as I’m heading out on a trip to Paris pretty soon. But I can almost guarantee that the blog will begin with some images from that trip.
I’ll let you all know more once I actually set it up. And who knows? Maybe there will be some Frozen stuff in there, too.
I don't know if you're sick of asks like this, but I've been having a major lack of confidence lately after being turned down for storyboarding jobs (even entry-level ones) I thought I was qualified for. Is it considered rude or career-damaging to ask the company in question for portfolio feedback after a rejection? Are there any other places I can turn to for feedback?
Ah hey bud, yeah its tough. I’ve been in that place before where I hand in a test, think I did a pretty good or really good job on it, and then it doesn’t work out and I don’t know what I did wrong.
Unfortunately, most of the people who look over the tests (the show runners, directors ect) usually don’t have time to give personalized feed back since there are usually quite a few artists taking each test. If you know someone who is currently working the type of job you are testing for, it wouldn’t hurt to ask them for advice instead. (And I do mean if you already acquainted with them. I get that it’s tempting to approach artists you admire for advice but they might not have the time or the previous knowledge about you and your work to give meaningful advice)
If you don’t know anyone in the industry, just getting together with your other art friends can be helpful too. There was a year when @hayoubi and I both didn’t have work, but were constantly drawing at each other’s kitchen tables, asking for advice and brainstorming how to get better.
Me and my partner had an idea that what if Kings Dominion (an amusement park) did a series of out of home non-traditional advertisements where they took normal everyday objects you encounter and transform them into rides from the park. Here’s two of the executions. Yay or Nay?
Hi! My question is how do you get into the online entertainment field? It doesn't have to be directly producing content I just want to be involved in the process of it all.
You need to be passionate; but above all else, you need to be a team player. Always support your peers and learn from any critiques they give you. Be a genuine friend - don’t suck up to someone because you think their friendship will give you status.
Always be aware of public relations and public perception.
If you want to be involved in the management side, reach out to others and show them what you can offer. You really need to care about the people you’re managing and you need to take it seriously. These people are putting their art in your hands. You also have to be likable and put the contributors at ease that they made the right decision in allowing you to manage their work.
If you want to be a content creator, come up with a concept that you can be devoted to as well as proud. Develop your content not with the intention of instantly hosting it on any site; but use it to build your own portfolio. Ask for feedback and listen. Once you feel like you’ve built a body of work that you’re comfortable with, begin to submit it around. Don’t be discouraged if you’re rejected or given a list of things that need to be tweaked. Take the critique, continue to work, then reapply when you feel ready. You need to have a thick skin and not take things personally. You also can’t give up due to a failure. Everything worth doing takes work and persistence.