Dream Portfolio Homework -3rd Inline

  • So @Coreyartus was inspired by @Erin-Cortese and well I was inspired by you both. Aww I know that's sweet.

    So after 4 runs at it this is my Dream Portfolio -style centred. I know two of these works are by Pascal Campion but every other work is unique, trust me.

    Dream Portfolio NEWEST BLACK KEEP.jpg

    This my current collection of Digital Illustration.

    My Current Collection of Best Digital Work.jpg


    1. I like soft edges, brushstrokes and sometimes clean edges (intentional placement).
    2. Use of framing (nature, other characters) and negative space
    3. Shapes and forms created by brushstrokes and shadow not line
    4. Line used most as description not definition (outline).
    5. Composition emphasising the triangle, directional lines and rule of thirds unless centre stage (even then slightly off to one side).
    6. Facial expressions created mainly by simple lines and shapes.
    7. Complementary colours with an additional accent -mainly orange and blue. Sometimes monotone.
    8. Overlap to create depth.
    9. Blends more gradual and softer.
    10. Ideas centre around the following play, discovery, empathy. I personally like to include more laughter but I am more concerned right now about how then what and why.

    I will be reworking older work and work not completed more before I doing a master study - I am itching to add these to my current work.

    But I will be following up on this thread to ensure I am pursuing the style I want. Accountability people! lols

    Thanks and have great day.

  • Moderator

    @Heather-Boyd Woohoo!! Lovely selections!! I definitely see the use of white space/negative space as a composition component echoed in your pieces.

    I'm not brave enough to go back and re-work some of my pieces yet. I have to process more of what I'm not seeing my pieces that I want to infuse. You've come up with so many great observations--I'm hoping I can distance myself enough to navigate them differently. I can't wait to see what you come up with for your own pieces!!


  • we have similar favorite artists! from what I saw, it seems the selected pieces also mostly have very distinguished work of lighting.
    Good luck and looking so much forward for your portfolioπŸ˜‰

  • @lenwen

    Thanks for your observations and encouragement -just previewed your collection -your Leaf Monster reminds me of a work I wanted to create.

  • @Coreyartus

    Thank you! πŸ™‚ - I am heading straight to rework because I intend to start a website in the fall and I want to start off with 3 finished work (in a relatively similar style) lols.

  • Pro SVS OG

    Good for you for doing the work, I really need to finish. I have compiled but not assessed. I think your pieces belong aside your dream portfolio πŸ™‚

  • Moderator

    Very nice selections! The analysis is not one of my strengths, but I do see a common thread in the themes of the artwork you chose. They all seem to have that warm and fuzzy feeling that creates a sense of comfort and safety. There is a really nice softness to the artwork too.

  • @Erin-Cortese

    Thank you -at the end of the day who doesn't want to curl up warm and fuzzy if not figuratively at least lols. Analysis isn't as difficult but finding the right words or terms I do struggle with.

  • @lmrush

    Thank you πŸ™‚ - Just start by what stands out and then assess individually. A little at a time.

  • SVS OG

    Just wanting to take a break from 'lurking' to thank all you guys for sharing your dream portfolio exercises. I have been stuck on this so long because I really have no clue how to go about 1) picking the images 2) analysing the images. I don't know how to articulate what I like or see in 'art terms' if that makes sense. so end up by saying ooh I like cute cats or something like that. Reading through your thought processes and then referring to the images is so helpful - you have no idea. Thanks again!

  • So I reworked the Dino work and may touch it up with open feedback (now and later) after some master studies. My biggest blunder in getting work done is fearing I won't like it. But I like this -it was fun and I got to draw my dandelions the way I like. Hope you like it!

    Dinosaur Finished & Signed.jpg

  • @MissMushy

    Thank you -your so sweet! I actually had more observations but I thought past 10 would be a bit excessive since the other two did 3-4.

  • Wow, the additions to the dino piece make a big difference! It was an engaging image before, but it felt like more of a study. Now it has narrative and it feels very fresh and contemporary. Well done!

  • @TessaW

    Thank you -It is amazing how an additional character and a few other objects or details can create a narrative.

  • So I reworked February's Love contest and this is what I came up with, a before and an after. I still struggle with my edges however I am working through it. Now I can get started on some master copy studies and will post here.


    FINAL without SNOW August 13 2019 .jpg

    πŸ™‚ Thanks πŸ™‚

  • First WIP Master Study
    Finished up placement and sketch.
    I learned I like sketching in more angular lines I find them easier and more dynamic.

    Master Study Sketch -Fox and His Luggage Aug 24th 2019.jpg

  • Moderator

    @Heather-Boyd Your sketch looks great! Who is the artist for that piece? I love the style.

  • @Erin-Cortese

    Her name is Teressa Ong. I particularly like this work but not necessarily many of her others but anyways.


    I like this work of hers as well:


    I’m uncertain what type of brush she uses? Best guess is a dry brush and or pastel. I will have to get as close as I can because I don’t have her brushes.

  • To understand the values a bit -not everything there is replicated.

    Master Study More Values -Fox and His Luggage Aug 28th 2019.jpg

  • Progressing is fun!

    1third Master Study Value RIF fille-Fox and His Luggage Aug 25th 2019.jpg

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