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    Rejected from Calarts– Critique and feedback?

    Found out I was rejected from Calarts (first year applying) and really want some feedback to what went wrong. Hopefully I can improve and apply again next year! Thank you

    Here's a link to my portfolio: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1f_...0MDmQMjE3RF758

    Hopefully this link works. Please tell me if it doesn't!


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    Quote Originally Posted by killuugh View Post
    Found out I was rejected from Calarts (first year applying) and really want some feedback to what went wrong. Hopefully I can improve and apply again next year!
    The level demonstrated varies quite a bit, from good figure drawing to some bad colour work, like city at a distance. I have no idea about the Cal Arts portfolio requirements, but I expect to see the ability to construct objects/figures in space, and some perspective studies. Make sure to only add your best work.
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    Why not post some pictures here. It's not even difficult to do!

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    Almost everything is thumbnails or sketches, even your more finished works look sort of rough. Unless they just wanted to see thumbnails and sketches, which are usually a small proportion of a portfolio. Your figure drawings are nice.

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    It literally says in the portfolio application to have varied work which sort of means all of your figure drawing was ignored, they were the more finished pieces as well. -

    We are looking for personal work that gives us a sense of who you are as an artist, rather than academic work. Please do not include generic class assignments (i.e. technical exercises, figure/life drawing, still life drawings).


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    Interesting submission book.

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    Interesting. But I don’t think that’s true. CalArts put a lot of emphasis on figure drawing, quick gestures and storytelling potential (ideas, characters, thumbnails,etc). They’re not not looking for like complete art work like illustration or something. Compared to others who got in, I always felt my stuff was more polished and maybe they didn’t like that? Not sure, but here’s a portfolio example of somebody who got in this year: https://despairdumplings.tumblr.com/

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    Sorry lol. There’s like 40 pics and they’re all rather big files...

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    They put a lot on emphasis on figure drawing, gesture drawing, and storytelling ability. I agreed that maybe the weaker stuff killed it? Thank you

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    Lol thank you. Any critique for it? Haha )

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    Quote Originally Posted by killuugh View Post
    Interesting. But I don’t think that’s true. CalArts put a lot of emphasis on figure drawing, quick gestures and storytelling potential (ideas, characters, thumbnails,etc). They’re not not looking for like complete art work like illustration or something. Compared to others who got in, I always felt my stuff was more polished and maybe they didn’t like that? Not sure, but here’s a portfolio example of somebody who got in this year: https://despairdumplings.tumblr.com/
    Well, since you clearly didn't read the submission requirements, here's some more things that might have rejected you:
    Did you submit through Slideroom, or did you link your google drive/youtube? That's an automatic rejection.

    Did you remove all the titles from your images and only include titles /captions within Slideroom's title options? Or did you submit images with titles on them? That's also an automatic rejection.

    Did you include an artist statement between 500 and 1000 words?
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