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    my portfolio: what should I do to improve?

    Right now I am for sure applying to Pratt, RISD, and CCAD. I am generally unsure of where else.

    gahh. As I look at other accepted portfolios on here my skills seem lacking. I've been looking at art from a very narrow window

    ahaha, I am not using that as an excuse at all, just a statement, any comments you have about my work and what should be done to improve it--what I should add to my portfolio would be GREATLY apprechiated.



    in no particular order:

    http://i36.tinypic.com/37h4y.jpg
    http://i36.tinypic.com/zjgvwl.jpg

    http://i33.tinypic.com/o5v0at.jpg
    http://i34.tinypic.com/2lmqhi0.jpg

    http://i33.tinypic.com/no7fv6.jpg
    http://i38.tinypic.com/w7hqj8.jpg

    http://i35.tinypic.com/fef577.jpg
    http://i38.tinypic.com/2mwcya.jpg

    http://i38.tinypic.com/xoie09.jpg
    http://i38.tinypic.com/whdw90.jpg

    http://i34.tinypic.com/72vpf8.jpg
    http://i37.tinypic.com/2lvhgd4.jpg

    I feel like this is the only 'serious' piece I have: http://i35.tinypic.com/2hzpgfc.jpg

    and I don't like it much.

    Do 'serious' pieces matter?

    This is all so intense.

    Any suggetions would be excellent. Much thanks.

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    Perhaps it's just me (more experience artists: feel free to correct me), but I'd take out some of the "artsy" mixed media pieces and instead include some more pieces showing off fundamentals skills. Your figures look pretty good, so now you might want a couple environments/landscapes and maybe a still life or two. Fundamental drawing skills is what it's all about. The other stuff just boosts you along.

    Good luck!

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    I think Noah hit the nail on the head. While the collage pieces were really cool and interesting, there does not need to be so many of them in the portfolio. Not only does it get repetitive, but it also detracts from each individual piece in my opinion when they are viewed as a group. So I think it would be best to keep like 3 or so of your favorites in that style and show some more traditional style art if you can. This may not necessarily be your cup of tea or what you enjoy, but I do think it's great for college portfolios.

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    Hmm, if you're going for illustration or painting I'd say this is a pretty good collection that shows what you're about. There are a couple (like the second to last) that look unfinished and could be removed, but otherwise I enjoy what you've got. A couple more observational drawings/paintings that are taken to the full extent (not just gestures) would definately boost it further.

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    If you are applying for illustration, I agree with Mirana. You generally have a real feel for composition and color. I'd do some real studies of the hand (refer to the chapter on hands in George Bridgman's book). Try drawing your hand or a friend's in different positions- do one a day.

    Have you attended life drawing class? If so include some life work and also pages from your sketch book which I hope has observational drawing in it. A drawing of your room and an outdoor scene would be nice additions. Do studies that show you can think about design, and structure. Do quick gesture drawings that show you can respond to the impulse behind the pose (body language). Do some blind contours (your room, an old shoe, a flower) that show you can connect your sense of touch to your line.

    An finally- once you know you've given it your best shot- take pride in the fact that you've made an honest effort, whatever the outcome.

    PS Your semi abstract work is very good!

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    Much thanks to all three of you. I have gone to life drawing in the past and I am trying to go more because I really want to have at least 2 really nice figure drawings.

    So essentially--just focus more on some true observational drawing? Ahaha, that's what I thought, I needed confirmation.

    I am working on a still life now.

    And then perhaps a another.

    I don't think there is really a 'rule' for this but generally what amount of the portfolio should consist of observational drawings?

    I was probably going to break it down with ehhh, 3 strong figure drawings
    1 or 2 observational studies (probably of hands, I really like that suggestions + I love drawing hands)
    2 still lifes?

    So now we're at 7.

    Then 3 from what I just showed.

    and there is a little left if I happen to create any other strong pieces before early december.

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    a self portrait might not be a bad idea either. I think if you integrate your style into a self portrait you can get a really sweet portfolio piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitehiGh View Post
    Much thanks to all three of you. I have gone to life drawing in the past and I am trying to go more because I really want to have at least 2 really nice figure drawings.

    So essentially--just focus more on some true observational drawing? Ahaha, that's what I thought, I needed confirmation.

    I am working on a still life now.

    And then perhaps a another.

    I don't think there is really a 'rule' for this but generally what amount of the portfolio should consist of observational drawings?

    I was probably going to break it down with ehhh, 3 strong figure drawings
    1 or 2 observational studies (probably of hands, I really like that suggestions + I love drawing hands)
    2 still lifes?

    So now we're at 7.

    Then 3 from what I just showed.

    and there is a little left if I happen to create any other strong pieces before early december.
    I wouldn't exactly dictate a number as to how many you'd like to have. Just go out, bust a hump to do the best you can, make every piece a killer one and then when the time comes- choose the best pieces of the bunch.

    No need to put pressure on yourself like that.

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