This year I challenged myself and added a story arc to the Inktober prompts. This demon character went on an adventure!
Beginner artist with big dreams.
Hi guys! My name is Shannon and I'm a criminal defence lawyer (sorry Will!) here in Ireland. I love my job but would really like to transition into making art full time over the next few years so that I can travel more easily while I work.
At the moment I've set my Phase 1 objective (thanks Jake Parker) to two years within which I hope to get good at all the fundamental skills of drawing. I've started drawing two hours every day as of beginning of May 2019 so I guess that's when the clock starts.
You can follow my progress on Insta.
I can't wait to follow everyone's progress and get more involved in the SVS community!!
So a while ago, I applied to a one-year part-time animation certificate in a local College here in Dublin. I figured it would be great to attend a real class and that I'd learn a lot about composition and story-telling.
A few days ago, I found out they're giving me an interview on the 1st of August. It all seems very casual and their email says this in relation to what I need to bring with me:
"Optional: art portfolio, sketches (3 pieces max), animation video. If available these documents can be brought in on the day and scanned and emailed). Please note a portfolio is not a mandatory requirement for this course."
I have never made a portfolio before and don't have very long to put one together. Should I just bring some sketchbooks? Or should I make a very small portfolio that tracks my progress in drawing over the last year? Or just try to make a proper portfolio from what I have?
At first I thought the progress idea was good because they might see how motivated I am, having taught myself... But now I'm not so sure. Maybe I shouldn't include any bad art, even if it's purpose is to showcase other art and improvement...?
Any help or suggestions much apprecaited!! You can see most of my drawings on Instagram to get an idea of what I have at my disposal...
@Squirrel-Size This is a great project and I wish you a tonne of luck and success with it. I'm looking forward to seeing your updates. And fair play for making such a commitment to it. I have no doubt it will stand to you massively going forward.
@Susan-Marks Hi Susan! Ooooo...I love your timeline at the bottom. That's a really great way of visualising your progress!!!! Also had no trouble reading your writing.
You're doing really well with the fundamentals classes! And I think we've learned a lot from the Heads and Hands class. Not only about drawing heads and hands but also about light and value...
Glad we both have a similar schedule going
@Julia Hi Julia! I started off hating 'do to' lists, or task lists/schedules just like you. When I was growing up, my mother was obsessed with lists and ticking things off them so it made me hate them because I always felt like I had a mountain of things to do.
I think the problem with my mother's lists was that it never felt there was an end to them. Once one thing was ticked off, another was added. Maybe that's how you feel if you have tasks and schedules in work too?
I initially solved it by making my lists reasonable and giving them a sense of finality. So when it was done, it was done. I also encouraged myself with a reward at the end of a set goal (like if I stuck to my schedule for a week, I'd go to the cinema, or order a pizza...whatever small thing you like and don't get to do much). After a while, I started seeing the schedule as something positive and now I don't need any external motivation to stick to it.
I also started prioritising my drawing schedule over other things. And I keep it completely separate, both physically and in my mind, to my other work/life 'to do' list because I find that one stressful!!!!!
Also, maybe not writing it down will help you. Having a more flexible schedule in your mind could be less daunting?
Hope some of this helps!!!
@Darian This is so cool! Love it!! Your watercolour technique is gorgeous.
I agree with @animatosoor 's suggestions about making them all ghost creatures! Either that or maybe do all the hues with different creatures for each?
Can't wait to see the rest!!!!