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Thread: Full Portfolio Critique, please!
October 19th, 2009 #1
Full Portfolio Critique, please!
I'm working on assembling a professional portfolio and one of my classes asked us to request a critique from working professionals. Comments from artists in the illustration field are especially welcome, as that is the market I'm pursuing. However, I would appreciate feedback from anyone and everyone, even if you aren't a working professional.
To introduce myself, I am an illustration student that will be graduating this December with a BFA. I want to pursue childrens' book illustrations and perhaps some editorial illustration work.
The works shown are selected pieces created over 4.5 years at my university, though for obvious reasons they are generally more recent works. The watermarks will NOT be on any piece that I mail or formally show to a publisher/client.
I am mainly looking for input on the portfolio(s) as a whole, though if there is some glaring mistake in an individual piece then by all means, point it out to me!
Thank you so much!
The Childrens' Book Portfolio
The Editorial Portfolio:
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I'm a fan. Love your style, and I especially like the mythology stuff Keep it up!!
October 19th, 2009 #5
I know you are looking for critiques and I would like to be helpful but uuhh ummm yeah....WOW! You should post this in the Finally Finished section, get some more eyeballs on it.
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October 19th, 2009 #6
sorry, again no crits, beautiful stuff. love 1 and 3.
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Generally as book illustrations I think they're wonderful and a really strong portfolio but perhaps for children's books some of it is too risque.
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amazing stuff, love your style.
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October 20th, 2009 #12
I don't believe regular users have the ability to move their own posts. Would a mod be so kind as to move this to Finally Finished for me? I initially thought this thread belonged here since I was looking for critique, but I think it would be more appropriate in the Finally Finished forum.
Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks in advance!
October 20th, 2009 #13
My only comment is I don't know what the deer is looking. If there was a cityscape on the bottom or something that would be nice. My eyes drift to the bottom right and tends to stay there.
*thumbs up* I like the style of your paintings.
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October 21st, 2009 #14
They have a Bilibinesque quality to them, and that's certainly not a bad thing.
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I love these images!
The core shadows on the sharks could be pushed slightly more to pull out the form. This can be applied to other images as well in subtle places where shape 'turns'.
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October 24th, 2009 #17
Beautiful! It looks like you were inspired a lot by Alphonse Mucha. Have you ever seen the illustrations in the "My Book House," series, you might like them too.
Style wise you look really consistent.
My only complaint (and no, I'm not a professional illustrator - yet. , would be that a couple of your figures feel a little bit stiff as far as gesture. (the angel, and the sinking man particularly) And the sinking man's anatomy feels a little off maybe?
October 24th, 2009 #18
Really nice portfolio.
However, I'll ditto with dragonroseart about the anatomy. I think you could strengthen yourself in this area in particular.
October 24th, 2009 #19
Moved, with pleasure.
Definitely work on your human characters, they are the weakest link in an otherwise very strong portfolio.
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October 24th, 2009 #20
Your work is inspirational thankyou so much for posting dont stop doing what your doing ever please!! ^^
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Amazing! I love how these have such an old feel to them, great job!
October 25th, 2009 #22
I agree with Ewell and some of the others, you have everything down - composition, color, style, mood, movement - everything except human anatomy. It's not horrible, but it's weak and stiff. Once you can be as relaxed and natural with your faces and figures as you are with the rest of the elements in your work, there will be no stopping you. If you've got time left in school to get some extra life drawing classes in, do it. You won't regret it.
October 25th, 2009 #23
First, thanks for moving this for me, Elwell, and thanks for the comments everyone!
I agree with everyone on my human anatomy skills. I find I have more personal interest in animals, so unfortunately my humans have suffered because I'm just not comfortable drawing them. This is definitely something I need to work on.
I'll be graduating with a BFA this winter, so unfortunately I can't take any more life drawing classes as a full-time student. We were required to take a life drawing and a figure painting class, and though I excelled in both of those when I had the model in front of me, it doesn't seem to have transferred to my illustration work yet. I'm thinking this is because I tend to focus more on the other elements in the illustration, whereas in my life drawing classes the figure was THE subject. Regardless, it looks like I'll have to start sketching figures & faces after figures & faces!
Jordan: Thanks for the quick correction image, that does look better! I try to retain a sort of flatness to my work, but sometimes I hold off too much, I think. I'm curious, what brush did you use for that?
dragonroseart: Mucha makes me salivate oh-so-much. I just did a quick google of the "My Bookhouse" series, too. Thanks for sharing, I hadn't heard of the series before!
October 25th, 2009 #24
These are very beautiful images Dragonfly. What particularly strikes me is that your shapes, textures and colourings are constantly at the service of a very firmly gripped and intensly felt emotional force. You seem to hardly loose sight of it for a second and follows every mark you make. Even though, as Elwell has pointed out, your figure work needs a little more work, this direct connection between your heartfelt feelings and what you put down in shape, texture and colouring put these lovely images high above just pretty designs and into something that touches the heart. At least mine anyway!
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Beautiful, compelling imagery.
Work on your human anatomy.
Work on your compositions:
-The Icarus figure has a static pose, and the illo is bottom heavy.
Overall, I feel this illo could be more dynamic.
-The deer-man picture is cluttered, I like the peekaboo nature of it, but there's some
difficulty with foreground/background relationships here.
The eye-leading across your illos is important and I feel that although your work comes
close, your compositions lack final polish.
Lastly, work on your volumes this is most apparent with your figure-based anatomy.
As a whole, after looking at your animal and human rendering there's a recurring weakness
in the three-dimensionality of your forms.
Because you have such a strong outline to your figures you already have a flattening effect occurring.
This can be counteracted by carefully articulating where the landmark anatomical points
line up with each other in perspective.
Your thematic imagery is compelling and dreamlike, and your portfolio is a wonderful start to
articulating the world that's in your head. I can't wait to see more.
I'm working on my portfolio right now, and once I put it up I expect you to be first in line to put in your two cents!
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Chris: Thank you for such kind words! Aside from giving me the warm fuzzies, though, your comments help me realize the strong points of my work so that I may build upon them.
Milo: Thank you! I'll definitely keep your remarks in mind for future works. I'm trying to achieve an aesthetic flatness to my work, but it sounds like it's too flat for the rest of the elements right now.
Does anyone think I should remove the Icarus piece from my portfolio? I know that artists are judged by their weakest piece, and I feel like this is that piece.
Nathan: I love bluefooted's work! She was actually my inspiration to start incorporating textures into my work. Thanks for the other link, too! I haven't seen Agata's work before, but it's beautiful!
October 27th, 2009 #28
Just to nitpick, the profile of the angel with scarfboy really rubs me the wrong way. Other than that, though, great use of line. And those bunnies... oh, man, those bunnies.
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