This year I challenged myself and added a story arc to the Inktober prompts. This demon character went on an adventure!
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!!!!
@animatosoor Awesome! Thank you so much!! You've helped me a lot
@animatosoor Yeah I soooooo wish I had more time to draw. BUT! I'm going to be taking all of August off and maybe some of September so that's going to be amaaaazing! I plan on locking myself up in a room and doing nothing but drawing Haha!
Hmm...well at the moment I'm doing David Hohn's Heads and Hands class so most of my iterative practice has been either single features of the face from different angles or the face in its entirety from different angles. I tend to do that type of practice while I'm in work and save things I can do digitally, like master studies, for the evening when I'm at home on the sofa. 5rs is good! Well done! I've only done 2 master studies but they were very simple ones and I didn't really have a purpose, other than finding them pretty. Lol. Not an ideal, sole criteria.
I have this idea (which I think is a total misconception) that master studies have to be of famous paintings for some reason. I'm wrong there, right? I think the word 'master' misleads me! Could I do master studies of artists who work in a more comic book style? Like for example, could I do master studies of Juanjo Guarnido, who created the characters of Blacksad?
Thanks for all the helpful advice!
@nasvikdraws I just found this and it's such a cool feature!!! Thank you so much for making it. I'd say there are loads of new members since you created this so I guess there's no harm in reviving this thread?
I'm in Dublin, Ireland but am actually French.
@animatosoor No apology needed! I loved your long post and seeing what you do to keep yourself on track!
I had never heard of the Pomodoro technique but now that I've googled it, I realise it's something I've been doing too! My goal is to draw a minimum of 2hrs each day but because I work, I find it hard to get a full 2hr block, so I split it up into 15min, 20min, 30min or if I'm lucky 1hr chunks...
You seem to have a great schedule thought out. Having read your and Kate's comments, I realise I should probably include more finished pieces or personal projects - even if it's juts one or two a month to start with. How long does your master study take you? And how do you chose what subject to pick for your iterative drawings? Is it influenced by your finished illustration?
Also, I really like the idea of going to bed having started something. I used to do that with writing when I was younger and it really does help...just never thought of applying it to drawing.
Re not having as much time to hang out with friends, it's a tough sacrifice to make but like Will, Jake and Lee always say, these things are necessary if you want to get good at anything you're learning. It makes sense that the spare time you spent with friends, or watching Netflix are going to be the hours that will now need to be used for drawing practice. Because presumably, everything else that you one does during the day cannot be done away with, like work, groceries, cleaning...whatever those things might be!! Fair play for making the sacrifice. And well done to your friends for being so supportive
@djly Hiya! I'm glad you found it useful.
I know art is all about creativity and this schedule might feel very regimented to some but like you said, it's important to approach getting good at drawing like any other large task and plan it! Especially if your goal is to do it professionally.
Here's to us both achieving those milestones! And well done on spotting that you were watching lots of tutorials and not drawing enough. I think it's a very common trap and almost everyone I've spoken too has said they had a period where they fell into it!
@ThisKateCreates Hi Kate!! That's actually a really good point about finished pieces. Hadn't thought of that. I'm going to add doing one finished piece a month to my schedule. Thanks!
Re starting now, I totally agree and I am already studying. But I'm doing some SVS classes at the moment and establishing the habit/routine of sketching every day. It's going really well and I've almost filled a sketchbook in the last month. I'm drawing on average around an hour a day at the moment.
My plan is to do a few more classes over the summer and then I'll launch into this schedule in September.
As for routinely re-evaluating the drawing schedule, yes yes yesssssss! I had written it a few months ago, reopened it today and changed sooooo much of it before posting. After drawing daily for a month, I realised so many of my goals were way too high, etc. So I know you're dead right with that one.
Thanks for the encouragement
@MichaelaH Yes!! Doing more is definitely better. Your idea of breaking a larger project down into different themes is actually very clever. It's given me ideas to make my practice more interesting. Thank you!
@Amanda-Bancroft Hi Amanda! First off congrats on the move! I'm sure it must be hard while you get everything fixed up but it sounds really lovely to be off grid in a tiny house (I love tiny houses and living spaces in general).
I hope my .pdf helps you in some way! It is really hard to have confidence in your process when you're self-taught I think. But that's so interesting about your postcard! I have the same questions about you in terms of "putting my art out there" while I feel it's below standard.
For me, I don't think it's so much that I don't want to put poor work out there (because a part of me knows that I'll always feel I can get better, or that there's room for improvement, and so by that logic I would never put my work out there) but more so the fact that it would take me a long time to create a finished piece and I just don't feel I get a return on my investment (in terms of progress/knowledge reaped versus time invested). Does that make sense?
I mean, drawing a finished piece would be a lot more fun - but I don't think I'd progress as fast... Like a month ago, I spent three days that I had free doing a tutorial marathon for the features of the face (I watched the videos and also drew everything I learned over and over again) and I progressed soooooooo much in three days. It was crazy! So that's the kind of practice I'm looking to replicate all the time now.
Aaaaaaargh! It's so hard!