Dream Portfolio (Style Class)



  • Finally got to watch the class on finding your style. Its super interesting. I was very ready to dive into the homework of building a dream portfolio. I've never sorted through all the art I love to separate out the things that are specifically in the direction I want to go. I put together some collages with my 20 pieces. The earliest pieces that I remember getting lost in were Arthur Rackham and Mercer Mayer's fairy tales. I remember studying their work for hours at a very young age and trying to copy what I saw.

    What do they all have in common... Some of them are very sketchy, they tend to have either subtle or glowy color. I think on Jake's style wheel, they move away from graphic/symbolic and more toward the realistic/stylized. Any other similarities you all can spot? I'm not up on all the art terms, so I have a hard time putting into words what I'm looking at. @Lee-White Any thoughts?

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    Artists: (clockwise from top left)Kim JiHyuck, Quentin Greban, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, Luc Desmarchelier, Alphonse Mucha, Taupe Syuka
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    Margret Morales, Jenny Yu, Tony DiTerlizzy, Pascal Campion, GianLuca Garofalo
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    David Ortu, Song of the Sea Concept Unknown, Loish, Trina Schart Hyman, Cory Godbey
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    Julia Sarda, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Arthur Rackham, Mercer Mayer



  • "It's super interesting." I agree! I was fascinated by this class, and need to watch it again. I haven't made my Dream Portfolio yet, but I already had been saving images to my Pinterest boards. I'm better at the collecting part than the evaluating part!

    I am seeing the same thing with the color quality (I don't know the technical terms either!).
    Most of these have a softer, subtle, more muted quality to the colors, with a lot of blending & natural tones/colors.

    Very detailed
    Use up all the space
    Vertically divided into 3 parts
    One thing or focus in the center 3rd
    Plants / outdoor / nature elements
    Calm, quiet scenes (rather than exciting, active poses / scenes)
    Hidden / tucked away / shadowed
    Lower light / shady / dusk

    (I have the same Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini illustration on my Pinterest board, and Mercer Mayer's "The Sleeping Beauty" was one of my childhood favorites, too.)



  • @miriam Thank you! You should tag me when you do yours, or maybe I’ll follow you on Pinterest so I can see. I’m interested in what other people put together.
    It’s hard to do the evaluation with only one set of eyes. And mine aren’t that trained. My sister said that the ones I picked are all very emotional pieces and the color seems to capture that. Whatever the feeling is, the colors echo it. The thirds thing is helpful too. I hadn’t caught that.


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