A quick figure study done in Photoshop
Painted this in Photoshop today. It took several hours, but was fun to do!
I came across this photograph, from the 1880’s, of a male figure reference and felt compelled to draw it for some reason. I guess I found it interesting that he was in top shape, since little was known about physical fitness back in the 1880’s.
Completed a commission for a client. It’s a gift for a friend, whose favorite characters are Stitch and Venom. A standoff! Illustrated in Photoshop.
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bigdepiction-deactivated2013072 asked: Hi steven, you really have some amazing work. Could you share some of your insight on constructing a portfolio for schools like gnomon?
Thank you! And yes, I’d be happy to share some portfolio pointers. Schools like Gnomon can be very critical with a portfolio review. They’ll let you know if they like what they see right away, and give constructive criticism on things to work on. Any and all info/tips they provide are helpful - don’t ever get discouraged by any negative feedback! They are only trying to help. PLUS, you can put their comments into constructive use to make your portfolio that much better and stronger.
I’ve been taking classes independently at Gnomon for several years now. I try to play close attention to any such advice given from instructors who work in the industry, and counselors/administration. Her are some key points to help put your best foot forward….
1) Put your best, most complete work toward the front! Fill in the middle with any other relevant work. Finish off with another of your best. Putting your best work first will get their attention right away and make a good impression. Putting another great piece at the end will keep their interest even after the portfolio is closed, making it more likely for them to remember the kind of artist you are.
2) Although it’s good to have a lot of complete work in a portfolio, it is also good to throw in some sketches and studies, too. They like to see process! If you design a character, show some character studies (i.e. in different poses, with different accessories/weapons) and orthographic views. Or show the progress of an image (i.e. the initial sketch next a greyscale light and textures rendering next to the colored, finished design).
3) Four to ten pieces in a portfolio is sufficient. They will instantly get an idea of what kind of artist you are and your skill level from your first several pieces. Sure, add more if you’d like. But too many and that attention will fade.
4) They don’t care about the song and dance when presented a portfolio … they care about the ART! In other words, a small, more accessible portfolio is sufficient. Portfolios that are between 8x10” and 11x14” are easy to carry, store and present. Those larger 16x20” or 18x24” and above portfolios might seem like a good idea (to show detail etc) but are unnecessary and obtrusive. And are you really going to leave behind a gigantic port for a recruiter to review? Nope. They’ll tell you to keep it. Smaller is better.
5) Okay, so this might be more of a ‘song and dance’ thing, BUT it can be useful to present your portfolio on an iPad. You can organize the images on the order you want. The colors will be true, bright and vivid. The viewer can zoom in and out to view detail… The list goes on. If you don’t have one, borrow one. If you use this, make sure you also bring something you can leave behind for them to keep. Whether it be a portfolio with prints, or a business card with your website/blog address and contact info. I presented my portfolio on an iPad to Gnomon, and I think it worked out pretty well.
6) When presenting, it is likely that they may ask you to elaborate or explain a character or creature you created. Don’t sit there and say “Idk … I just made it up.” Tell them what inspired you to make that creature, or give a backstory on a character and what it eats etc, or the temperature and location of an environment you created and the animals which inhabit it. Be creative. Tell a story. Elaborate on an idea.
7) Try to show work done in a variety of media. A digital painting, a sculpture, pen and ink, charcoal pencil sketches. Shore MORE of the media you like to use most.
8) Have a website or a blog to correspond with your portfolio. Make sure your portfolio is available to be seen at any time, anywhere.
9) A no-brainier …. make sure you have your name, contact info and website in your portfolio. Whether it be on the cover or on a business card inside, make sure it’s there.
I think that’s about it. I mean, I’m sure there are tons more ways to put together a portfolio. I’m also sure you already knew most, if not all, of this already. These are simply the tips I wish I had when I was applying. I hope this helps! Good luck!
My final project for Advanced Character Design at Gnomon. Finally done!
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longjiesheng asked: good!