Pierce9's Portfolio Review Thread
Age: 32 I'm a student in AAU's illustration program, the images I put up here are for me to show where my skills are at academically, though I'll add illustrative work as it gets finished if it's good enough.
My goal is to work as an illustrator for books, magazines and comics, got a long ways to go.
Thanks for taking time to give me feed back!
Last edited by Pierce9; April 17th, 2011 at 10:47 PM.
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Hi, I'm not much of an expert so please take what I say with caution.
I think your work is showing a decent level of competence and skill however these are mostly studies. And for someone who wants to be an illustrator you need to show a bit more work from the imagination, something that may be considered an illustration. An image with a precise goal, in which you use all the elements of your technique to convey a message, and there's nothing here really that does that.
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Thanks ThabisoMhlaba, you're right of course. I do start lots of illos but, I get about halfway through and lose my confidence and go back to doing studies.
This is the most recent illustration I've attempted that came out moderately close to what I had in my head. Still have to paint it.
Thanks again for taking time out to give your thoughts!
I think you need to work more on construction. It seems to me that it is fairly weak in all of these. You have a decent eye for observation and can copy things out from life fairly well, but without the underlying knowledge and understanding of structure these are all weakened.
What I mean by this is, for example, your hands all seem to lack an understanding of the bones and muscles that make them up. Even on your still lifes there are some perspective issues with ellipses. You need to focus more on understanding how an object sits in 3 dimensional space, and how to depict this.
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You should focus less on copying the visual field, and more on the structure of what you are seeing. Your textures could also be fresher, they often look uncertain or "worked".
In an illustrator's portfolio, I'd expect less studies and more actual illustrations. Something to show that you can actually compose and develop a painting, not just work by sight.
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