DISCLAIMER: While this document is a collection of my observations as a student, teacher, and designer, following these instructions does not guarantee you acceptance into any particular college or company. I wrote it as a syllabus for a college portfolio prep class I teach and thought others might be interested. All images in this document are created by me.
INTRODUCTION TO STORY-TELLING AND WORLD-BUILDING
A good portfolio is a collection of strong work; however, a great portfolio is a collection of strong work with a coherent idea! When it comes to concept art and visual development, colleges (as well as employers) aren’t just looking for the ability to create beautiful illustrations—they’re looking for an ability to build worlds and tell stories. In order to showcase this ability, you will need to think of a story you want to tell and use your portfolio to “pitch” that story and the world it takes place in.
Hey Guys! Here is the final set of keys for my personal project. Today is the last day to sign up for Part III of the Colorscripting Masterclass on patreon.com/tycarter which goes into process on these and the entire color script. There is over 4 hours of content for those looking to learn more about color scripting. For more info visit the link. Have a great day!
HI GUYS sorry I haven’t been posting much. I’ve been super swamped with life and school and etc. I have a lot of finished work, but I need to polish a lot of it, this however I liked as is ! It’s a scene from the book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, that I did for my portfolio class !!! I promise ill post more soon..
So back in collage I had a nasty habit of making my artwork very dark. Full of muddy colors and small white highlights (I liked the dodge tool waaaay too much). When I took my portfolio class, my professor threatened to fail me if I did not put something pink in it (or just bright colored really).
His intentions were to get me to start utilizing different colors and lighting. In the end I put a pink mermaid in my portfolio and filled the rest with my other art.
We both had a good laugh, and I passed the class, but the things he said to me still stuck around. I’ve tried my hardest to experiment with more colors in the recent years.
Last year I posted a small series of images that illustrated my experience with depression and anxiety. It resonated with quite a few people, so I felt that it was something I should continue to build upon. I worked on it all semester as part of a portfolio class, and while it was a ton of work, I’m glad I was able to do it.
Mental health disorders are such a taboo topic. If you ever bring it up in conversation, people awkwardly get silent, or try to tell you why it’s not a real problem. When I was in the worst parts of depression, the most helpful thing anyone could have done was to just listen to me - not judging, not trying to find a solution, just listen. I’m hoping that these images will help open up conversation about mental health issues. Everyone is or will be affected by them one way or another, and ignoring them doesn’t make things better.
Any tips for creating a portfolio for creative writing classes?
Revisions: If you wrote something that didn’t get good feedback, rewrote it, and then got better feedback on the rewrite, include both versions. It’s good to show that you’ve improved and whoever is looking at your portfolio will like to see how and what you improved. However, whether revised/edited work is accepted varies. Some instructors might only want final drafts in your portfolio.
Your Best: Always include your best work. This means that you should pick out all your best work and then pick the best of the best. You don’t want your portfolio to be filled with too many things, but you don’t want it to be sparse either.
Variety: You also need variety. Consider this when picking your best work. If you write multiple genres or multiple styles, you need good samples from each.
Excerpts: If you have a particularly long piece, such as a novel or a novella, that you would like to include, use an excerpt.
Reflection: Sometimes a reflection on your progress and how you’ve improved/changed as a writer is accepted. A reflection will reference specific works (usually those in your portfolio).
Recommendations/Comments: If you can get a recommendation for your writing from a professional of some kind, include it. If you have positive comments on your writing from a previous instructor or some other professional, include it.