Hey long time no see CA! This is not my first sketchbook thread on ConceptArt believe it or not! Time and time again I end up failing at liking my art enough to keep it on here for too long~
I am a graduate of the school Columbus College of Art and Design (major in Illustration!) . Currently I work at a small video game developer as a 2D artist. I really want to move on from the company and look elsewhere for work, preferably a larger company! However to do this I need to restart my portfolio from scratch. In my opinion, non of my work is up to par.
So please! Give me any advice as to what I should focus on, and what would look good in a portfolio (i'm begging you all!). I need help, I've been in a major art slump ever since college ended!
Thank you very much~!
Last edited by Zoroko; November 18th, 2010 at 12:48 PM.
My advice after looking at your first image is to learn how to represent the differences between male and female faces. Things such as the chin, the nose, the jawline, and the neck. It's good to have a unique style, but basic ideas such as male vs. female should still be clearly recognizable within that style. That said, you do have talent.
@Dahami- definitely. As you can see I have posted mostly female characters/drawings, but usually for the most part I favor drawing men. I've been trying to push myself to draw female characters but I think they look a little manish here and there.
art post for the day~ I've just been sketching this character a lot lately. She has fun shapes. I think I will sculpt her out of clay soon!
Lovely stuff. However if you want to sucess as creative illustrator I believe you should provide something very uniqe and unusual in design. My advice would be:
* open your mind to every aspect of the world. Maybe even black metall can inspire you, even if you don't like it.
* watch some movies, cartoons, anime etc. The crazy ones, which blows your mind. My personal choice - Howl's Moving Castle, Furi Curi, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
* try to install alchemy - very nice program to boost your imagination.
@pere- Thanks so much! I have a lot of fun drawing her... c:
@seraph- I couldn't agree more! I know very well that in the illustration world, you really have to be dramatic and different to make it. My stuff is no where near unique as it could be. Thank you for such good advice, and I must say you have excellent taste in movies. c: I'm not sure what alchemy is, I'll have to check it out!
@kaki- yeah I totally see what you mean. I'll have to keep my eye on some of my colors :U
So anyway guys, I need your help!! Recently I drew up an entry for the Gorillaz (the band) Evangelist character contest. If I want to place top 12 I need to get as many people to vote as possible! Top 12 get looked at by the real judges, but for now it is a race to get as many people I can to vote.
so If you could take one second out of your busy lives to vote for this Entry, I will love you all to death- i'd really appreciate it. 3
no I did not block out her face, the model was flipping her hair so I thought to incorporate that. About a 15 minute doodle. Not real fond of it, maybe I will do more rendered studies when i get a bit more motivation.
Lots of fun stuff in here! I really like the swing dancers in post 19.
Keep experimenting and keep posting! When ever I get slumpy I try to do something radically different from my usual subjects. You seem pretty figure-oriented, maybe try throwing down some plants, animals or furniture.