Dream Portfolio Assignment
Amanda Jean last edited by Amanda Jean
Interesting study from this class. I'm always a bit conflicted with style because I feel like I am very easily influenced... when I see something I like, I try to draw it in the same style.
These are some examples of things I currently love or that I keep coming back to.
And these are a selection of mine over the last few years or so. I haven't done a lot of "completed" work for the simple fact that I have been wrestling with that crippling artist habit when you think you're not good enough. For a long time I truly believed that and hated everything I did.
I've eventually learned that I am drawn to the following things in other people's work and eventually would like to incorporate them into my own....
- use of colour... often other-worldly, or at least not photo-realistic. Contrasting either with vibrant and unrealistic tones, or very earthly ones depending on the mood and subject matter.
- use of texture.... I absolutely love texture. I never quite got the hang of realistic rendering, it always fell flat and ugly on the page, screen or canvas. So I like to compensate with a motley blend of brush strokes, noise, scratches, spatters and other mess.
- subject matter tends to focus on character driven pieces (my animation side coming through perhaps), doesn't always have a clear story, but does express emotion in a variety of ways, either through facial expression, expressive posing, or placement in the composition.
- variety, I don't cling to one style or one particular media.
- metallics (mostly gold) seems to attract me in paintings and I really love using it in abstracts and they way it can enhance a piece. It's funny because I don't like it in anything else except paintings.
Earlier influences include Wendi Pini (Elfquest) and Albert Uderzo (Asterix). I don't necessarily refer to them, but I grew up with those comics and they have definitely influenced me in terms of line and expressive characters I think.
Any other thoughts?
9-10 dream portfolio works have a sense of movement which I am drawn to. Also helps the eye move through the works (first 3 across then the horse, and some of the character movement, and even the more abstract).
It’s refreshing to see your dream collection is all over the place for inspiration -I tried hard to not do that because I focused primarily on children’s books and illustrations but I love a lot of things too and keep finding new and old that I want to add. I am finally starting master studies so I tell myself finish the ones you have and then come back and add others.
What type of illustrations are you interested in or fine art, or what ever?
Amanda Jean last edited by
@Heather-Boyd I am definitely all over the place with my tastes. It makes it challenging when people ask "what's your favourite.......?" because I can't find an answer, it'll be different in a week or a month or a year. The movement thing is probably my inner animator
Can't really say I'm interested in a specific type of illustration (if you're meaning editorial/children's book/etc). I gravitate to what is visually appealing across any genre or platform. Certainly things that involve character and narrative, so I suppose the aforementioned would be the most fitting.