Hello all! I'm a non-art college student hoping to enroll in the Character Animation program at Calarts after I graduate this coming spring. I'm a beginner at best, but believe I've at least got "enough" raw talent to endure their fantastic boot camp. I just need to know now whether I'm creative or ballsy enough. I'm taking art classes on the side and have gotten some personal feedback on my portfolio from busy professors and classmates, but not enough. My foremost concern is that I'm not taking enough risks and that my tendency to wanna capture every little detail stunts my creativity, and keeps me from being "me." I'd like to know what more I should do to improve on that, and how I'm doing overall.
I don't know nothing about admission criterias for Calarts but I think I can say a word about your work
In my opinion, you take enough risks regarding the techniques (pastels and stuff) but I also have seen that a lot in calarts portfolios. I mean, expressive nudes with vivid colors.
However, you're not really rigorous in drawing the right proportions, I do not mean that you don't try at your best but it can be improved if you pay more attention. Draw global, then go for the details.
The boy looking at himself is interesting, but it lacks of perspective knowledge. I assume you mostly practices human drawing, but you need to think about space and how to draw it. Perspective also applies to characters, so you will improve both practicing backgrounds..
The brickwall is really messy. If I were you I wouldn't show it, but rather work on improving the characters you put on this wall.. Digital needs practicing too, you can't be everywhere at a time Need some practice first
Hey Pauline, thank you so much! Proportion's always been my worst enemy and all this time I've mostly been focusing on not letting it get in the way. I guess it's about time I toughen up and start actually improving on it. Also, great advice on my two supplementals - I'll definitely look into perspective and background and re-think the wall piece. Again, thanks!