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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristina View Post
    Here's something: Plain ol' figure drawing/painting. Does it ever have a place in a portfolio? I noticed a lot of that from my fellow hopefuls over NYCC and didn't feel it was MY place to knock it, but to me it created the impression of unnecessary filler. No matter how pretty, there's just no content.
    It depends. For freelance illustration? No. For a staff concept art gig? Maybe. For school admissions? Definitely.
    Always tailor your portfolio to the particular situation. There's no such thing as one-size-fits-all. And nothing in it should be filler of any sort, no matter how pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristina View Post
    Here's something: Plain ol' figure drawing/painting. Does it ever have a place in a portfolio? I noticed a lot of that from my fellow hopefuls over NYCC and didn't feel it was MY place to knock it, but to me it created the impression of unnecessary filler. No matter how pretty, there's just no content.
    Kristina - The AD for Magic:The Gathering stated that if he can't tell from an artists' illustrations that he/she can draw a figure than they aren't getting hired anyway. I thought that was pretty solid advice, and makes sense.

    PS- We didn't get a chance to talk about your portfolio- soon!

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    one more point about "less is more"; WotC AD said at NY comicCon: "I'll hire you on 3 good pieces in your portfolio, Just 3 good ones. But if you don't have those 3, 24 others are not going to convince me."

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    I've made the iphone mistake, however, that was after they saw my portfolio and wondered if I had any newer stuff (I did, but didn't have time to go out and get it printed before the convention.)

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    wait wait wait...portfolio on the iphone!?
    I understand where Peter is coming from...but an iphone as a portfolio? really?

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    "I'll hire you on 3 good pieces in your portfolio, Just 3 good ones. But if you don't have those 3, 24 others are not going to convince me."
    and I bet you what: 3 good piece + 24 bad piece = you still not getting hired. A small group of half a dozen tight paintings goes much further than those same pieces with another half dozen mediocre pieces to fill it out. ALOT farther.
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    First: Figure drawing in portfolio? What Tristan said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavePalumbo View Post
    and I bet you what: 3 good piece + 24 bad piece = you still not getting hired. A small group of half a dozen tight paintings goes much further than those same pieces with another half dozen mediocre pieces to fill it out. ALOT farther.
    This is very true. Artists get hired based on the worst piece in their portfolio, not their best. I have to assume a base level of ability. After that, if the artist gets particularly inspired, great!
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    aside from portfolio, I think a confident attitude also helps to sell your service.
    the more i read and discuss this sort of thing, the more it makes me realize the reality of the art world.

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by REGNIRUTH View Post
    aside from portfolio, I think a confident attitude also helps to sell your service.
    the more i read and discuss this sort of thing, the more it makes me realize the reality of the art world.

    thanks!
    But don't act like you are the best thing since sliced bread either. No one wants to deal with a smart ass.

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    Well.. I didn't want to start a new thread, so maybe someone can answer this for me real quick...

    What about a really shy artist? Well-presented, good work, but shy and nervous? Will that kill someone's chances?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irene Gallo View Post

    This is very true. Artists get hired based on the worst piece in their portfolio, not their best. I have to assume a base level of ability.
    I did not know that! Wow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashkitty View Post
    Well.. I didn't want to start a new thread, so maybe someone can answer this for me real quick...

    What about a really shy artist? Well-presented, good work, but shy and nervous? Will that kill someone's chances?
    Kill, no, but effect? Yes. Shy isn't so much a problem, but nervous is. This is less of a problem for freelancing because these days because so little contact is face-to-face, or even over the phone, but through email. But if you're applying for a staff position, how you come across at an interview is a big factor. People like to work with people they like.

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    I'm going to transfer my napkin things to real paper now...
    If you have drawn some really cool stuff on napkins, I so gotta see it! (we need a thread just for drawing on those napkins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qitsune View Post
    No one wants to deal with a smart ass.
    I guess I need to choose a new career path.
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