You may want to do research on the studios that are working on the latest animation series on Netflix, Hulu, etc. It may be easier to break into those places first. Also, Ghibli recently released their first fully CGI movie. Perhaps they need more 3D animators?
Lastly, LightBox Expo, an event for those who want to get into the animation and video game industries, is happening now, running to Sunday. Check it out. Some videos are being recorded and living on YouTube or Discord, free to watch.
Best of luck to your career. がんばって！
BTW, have you read or watched Beastars ? It’s Zootopia for an older audience.
@Jade-Yaert welcome! I also joined recently (last summer) and will be looking for fellow classmates to follow along the foundations program level 2 after Xmas (I will likely have finished level 1 then, just working on light & shadow).
54 hours a week to study illustration, that is great. I also went down to work part-time a year back to free up time for arts and other personal activities, but I will be working at a much slower pace than you 😅 - I can maybe allocate 10-15h?
Anyway hope to see you around and share our progress!
Hi @Tom-Burchell. I really like your illustrations. You have a very fun style! I like that Wix and Adobe Portfolio let you have rows of images instead of columns, something I've yet to figure out with Squarespace. I also really like that you've got the "heart" feature for you images.
A few thoughts after checking out your site.
I noticed that on each of the artwork tabs (Illustrations, Character Design and Picture Books) you have an "orphan" image at the bottom in its own row. Not a huge deal, but in my research I've found that it tends to look a little unfinished in the presentation of your portfolio. Reformatting the row so that there are no single images (or taking one image out) will make the whole illustration "block" a little more pleasing to the eye.
I like your "About" page and that it's more personal and casual (I do something similar in mine). The only thought I had while reading it is that the display font you use and is a little hard to read. That typeface is great for your tab titles, etc., but I'd consider a more readable font when typing long paragraphs, to keep the reader interested.
Other than that, it looks great! Hope this helps!
@duttychai Thank you for the comment! I love drawing and painting eyes. They can make all the difference in an image when done right.
I work with both analog & digital tools. My preference between the two depends on the task.
Analog tools are my preference when it comes to doing studies and exercises. They feel more natural in my hand and the tactile feedback while drawing gives a greater sense of control. The number of physical tools and mediums are also fun to work with.
Digital tools are my preferred option for more detailed and colorful work. The ability to use and manipulate layers, mirror the canvas, and shift the brush color quickly make it a joy to work on realistic images. It has also been fun experimenting with the nearly endless amount of digital brushes available online.