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I'm currently a Junior in high school, and always wondered what some of your portfolios looked like for applying to art school. I'm definitely going to apply to a couple art colleges in the fall of 2009... I'm visiting Parsons, SVA and MICA in the summer, and just wanted to know what some of your high school portfolios looked like for your applications...
Because if you are, probably the most important thing to put into your college entry portfolio is to show a grasp that you understand drawing from observation and a working knowledge of the human figure. Show that you understand the basics. If you can show them that, you're in and from there, the school will show you the more advanced stuff. Show them an ability to draw he entire human figure; show hands, faces and feet- they're huge indicators of how much you comprehend the figure because they are by far the most difficult things to draw about the human body.
Be selective about the stuff you put in as well. Only put in the very best stuff- anything weak will be sniffed out immediately and will drag down the entire portfolio. Do not overstuff your portfolio with massive quantities as well- it shows that you want to show off quantity as opposed to quality and it also shows you don't know how to edit.
Also don't be afraid to talk to the respective Admissions counselors at those schools and ask them. It's their job to help get you in, and contrary to rumor- it's not to keep you out especially if you've got the chops.
Good luck with it all as well!
thanks a lot, Storyboard Dave!! I do hope to go into just the fields that you mentioned. I am concerned about what to submit and grateful for your post!!!
I only ask to see other portfolios because I simply just want to see the "before" to compare with the "after...." it's fascinating to me! Another reason is because of the work I'm currently doing in my high school art program... I just want to see what submissions look like so I can prepare myself for what kind of pieces to put in and create aside from the high school program works.
Well, I applied to and was accepted to Sheridan's animation program recently, and I posted some of the stuff from it in my last sketchbook post. Don't start till September though. An interesting blog I've been lurking around lately that might interest you as well is sheridananimation.blogspot.com , where it groups all the Sheridan's animation students according to year. It's great fun to see how much better they get by year four.
As for what you put in your portfolio, it can differ depending on the program: Sheridan for example has very specific requirements for its animation program, and I believe for their illustration program as well. Usually it's more general though, like "15 pieces of your best work" or something, in which case a few life drawings are certainly a good thing to add. Showing that you can do a variety of different things and styles is helpful as well, and I've been told by a couple people that "mock-ups," AKA: fake advertisements are extremely well-received for things like illustration, although I personally have no experience with that. Basically, use pieces that best display your various artistic skills.
Agree with storyboard dave there,
have a lot of stuff from observation. Most of my pieces were from observation, and I got into Ringlng for Computer Animation. They were mostly portraits, pretty poor portraits, but I did get better with my color and free hand composition
To see what I submitted, just check out my blog, the 2nd post (the long one) are all the pieces I sent. most of weren't done, but...they understood where I was going with it
Also...sharpen up your writing skills for that essay you may have to submit when applying, get good grades, and you'll get in easily.
Last edited by mbarq; April 4th, 2008 at 01:38 PM.
Here are some of the pieces from my portfolio (minus several others, and I submitted a short animation for UCLA as well) http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...0&id=555085094
This got me into RISD, MICA (60k scholarship), and UCLA (10k for freshman year). I just don't recommend attending UCLA for art if you're into animation and concept art.
My recommendation is to do figure drawing (the earlier you start the better, but if you're already doing that, then great!). Also incorporating story telling into your observational pieces (its a step forward from just observational. It shows that you not only draw, but that you can also weave a message into your art pieces).
I hope this helps ^_^
Last edited by Eerin; August 1st, 2009 at 04:25 PM.
I totally understand wanting to see portfolios, I scoured the internet back in the early fall and it really put everything into perspective for me and I realized I had to get my rear in gear if I wanted to get into CalArts. I went to figure drawing sessions every week.
this is what I submitted to ringling for computer animation. My calarts portfolio for character animation was pretty similar only it was about 20 drawings mostly figure, a couple of quick self portraits, gestures, and a small sketchbook. I got relatively good financial offers from both schools too.
junior year work:
senior year work:
http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/4580/fd16202rn1.jpg (big, btw)