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As long as it's mailed before the 14th, the post office will stamp it with a date which is the date that they go by to check if you mailed it off in time. Having people mail it off early and then marking them some time later allows the mailed in portfolios to get there to be marked, even if it takes a couple of days to get to them.
My storyboards are giving me heck, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to get my illustration portfolio done, I haven't even touched it lmao
Hey guys, I'm having a little problem with the character design. I just don't know where to begin What do you guys think of when you design characters?
Hey Misso, if you're just doing conceptional development on your character I would keep really simple as you don't have a lot time but it's still possible. I like to start off either a personality or a stereotype and then work out super simple silhouettes that reflect them. Try super basic shapes and keep adding more detail as you develop. Flipping through coffee table books or just books with a lot of interesting visuals, helps too. Good luck.
Once I had decided that I was doing a scout master, I started on doing some silhouettes (also like shrimp said). I went through these:
In this step, I'm just scribbling out shapes. Not worried about it looking good, not going into ANY detail at all. Just blobs. It's all right to put a bit of personality in if you want, but the important thing here is just shapes.
After that, choose a couple you like and play with the shapes some more, do a couple variations on silhouettes, take the head from one, put it on the body of another, mix and match. After that I chose one shape that I liked and did some more actual character drawings on top, like this:
You can see the silhouette I chose there, and a bunch of drawings that have the same overall shape, but I mixed some stuff up. Once you have one you like, polish it up some more until it is a character that you think is great.
At this point, I ended up doing more stuff on paper, so I don't have some scans, but I ended up changing his outfit a bit and deciding to ditch the whole beard idea. So this is what I ended up with:
So to recap: if you are hitting a brick wall with WHAT type of character to make, look to others for inspiration. Don't outright copy, but just look and say, "hey, I like this picture of this wizard. I think I will draw a wizard, but I can make that hat look better."
From there, start with stereotypes (I'll stick with the wizard example). Probably some robes, a pointy hat. Beard, wand or staff.
Plop out some silhouettes. Focus on shapes. It's ok if they don't look very good here, you are just going for an idea.
Choose one you like, then play with it some more. Add in some more details once you are ready, and then don't stop there. Do some more.
The important thing is to do many drawings of many different characters. It's perfectly fine if you end up using the very first drawing you did, but at least you explored the character some more.
As a recommendation, work on the 3/4 view first, it's easy to get the front and profile views from that one, and it gives you a better angle to explore the features on the character.
Sorry this ended up being so long, I hope it helped to see a process that I went through, and above all I hope it helps! Good luck, you can do it!
Hi guys! Thank you for making this thread, it has been very, very helpful. And guess it's almost time for us international applicants, too - let's do our best!
I wanted to ask you guys about your opinion on these. The thing is, I'm sort of winging through life drawing without a teacher's guidance, since the classes in my country charge a ridiculous fee - up to $20 for an hour and half.
I've tried to pick up as much as possible from books, but in the end, it's hard to gauge anything without feedback from someone in the same field...
If by any chance you have the time, please, do shoot! I've picked a few sketches from different areas. The part I'm most insecure about would probably be structure...
Never attempted drawing animals like this, so I tried to choose something boney and relatively still!
Gesture stuff with a gel pen.
Same, only with an 8B graphite pencil.
That's all - thanks for the time!
Trying to understand Zack so I can do the storyboard, I seem to have trouble turning his head. Also I need to remember to make his head more squarish
So apparently there isn't actually a limit on the number of international students that they accept - portfolios are all marked blind and just ranked according to the rubric (according to the manager of the International Center at Sheridan). Not sure if I want to get my hopes up yet though haha
HI! I'm applying for Animation this year as a international student too.
I've been following this thread two weeks ago, and think it would be nice to join in.
It is such a relief to know that there are no limit on the number of international student accepted, but still very nervous, haha
You guys are so talented, hope we can all get in Sheridan this year!
Maybe I will post some of my works when I finish them!
If there is something strange with my wording, it's probably because of my poor English...
Feel free to correct me if I say something wrong
And I wonder how many of you guys joined the live chat an hour ago?
Sooo if I have this correct, we probably shouldn't mail on portfolios the day of? Latest would be like..tommrow?
Whats this live chat people are talking about?? Is there a saved video of it somewhere :oo
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Any of you guys think the 3.12 minimum score will go up this year?
It says 3.00 is the minimum on the score sheet we have ( but i'm pretty sure it'll go up to at least 3.12)
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I just mailed mine in! Most post offices didn't open till like 12 because it was Valentines, so I had a few mini heart attacks, but I'm safe! Woo! For those of you who mailed it in last minute like me, how do you guys feel? :>
I unfortunately wasn't able to get my portfolio finished in time due to a snowboard accident that left me with broken back and a cast on my right arm preventing me to draw... Oh well, I guess there is always Art Fundamentals!
Any-who, I wish you all the best of luck!
Last edited by Pajaga; February 15th, 2014 at 12:13 PM.
Post weather you get accepted or not guys! Did you all take fundies as back up?