"aren’t you afraid that you fail your exam?"
"aren’t you afraid that you fail your exam?"
My old student portfolio for Visual Development (Character Design) based on “Wicked” - PART 1 -
Because I often receive questions about portfolios, I thought, well, maybe it would be helpful for some to share my own personal experience accompanied by some visuals. Namely, my own portfolio I submitted to transition from the Animation department to the Visual Development department of Disney Feature Animation.
Now one thing that I will mention here as a disclaimer, and something that will probably be reiterated through out this post is that this is only my personal experience, and there is definitely not any sort of “formula” to make a portfolio for the Disney’s Vis dev. Portfolios that look nothing like this, share no common element, is just as likely to get you into the vis dev department. The acceptance is made by a committee of people, and not just one person’s personal taste or criteria.
Way back in the summer of 2007, I was an artistic intern at Disney. (Mainly 2D character animation, but also some story and vis-dev on the side.)
I was having lunch with one of our mentors at that time, Claire Keane, in which she gave us some advice on structuring a visual development portfolio.
One of her suggestions that stuck to me was to take one story, and dedicate the entire portfolio to it, as if you were developing that into a feature film.
This idea sounded good to me, because it made sense. It’s a semi-simulation of the kind of things you would be doing as a professional artist at Disney anyway, (which gives the reviewers a much better, reliable idea of how you would perform as a contributor) but it also gives the spectator a slightly more immersive viewing experience, as they are taken through one continuous story, with characters they understand, rather than having to adjust to brand new content with the turn of each page.
The many times I have reviewed portfolios, I have also found it a slight handicap to have to ask the artist, “Now, what is this thing from?” 4 or 5 times in one portfolio.
So in 2008, while I was working on Princess and the Frog, (still as a full time student at Calarts), I started on this visual development portfolio. I chose my story to be Wicked, the musical, which I am sure many of you are familiar with.
Now one thing before I elaborate further…
If I thought sharing with you my Frozen artwork was uneasy, showing this portfolio (which is my student portfolio from many years ago)… I honestly cannot shake the embarrassment.
But, as Tarkovsky once said, artists are there to serve.. And for one thing, after years of deciding never to show this portfolio on a public platform, I came to the conclusion of this; that it was always rather difficult talking about the type of portfolio that gets you into the doors of the animation industry, and because portfolios are so visual, visual accompaniment just makes more sense.
And for another, I always liked to see other artist’s various stages of development. Obviously nothing here represents me currently, but more shows where I used to be in the past.
When I look back at this portfolio, obviously I see so many flaws in terms of draftsmanship, design choices, character choices, taste etc, and I want to fix them all. But again, the purpose of this post isn’t to show who I am as an artist right now, but to dig up my past and say “Well this is how it happened for me in the past.”
Here is part 1 of the portfolio. I know for some it may be frustrating to have this divided into 2, but the nature of tumblr posts seem to want things kept short. So I’ll try and post part 2 of the portfolio as soon as possible. I want to say within the next day or two, but there’s just never knowing with when I’ll get another free moment.
I think what is probably most important to show in your portfolio is a strong draftsmanship, a good taste in design choices, and a special intuition for characterization.(I’m speaking for my own criteria when I review portfolios, and I don’t claim to represent anyone else’s.)
As you can see I also tried to pay attention to the presentation of the portfolio, which is why I tried to design the layout of it with the theme of “drawer of a Shiz student”.
I’ll probably try to address some of those things that I mentioned in future posts perhaps.
I hope this old student portfolio of mine gave you a better idea on who to shape your own. One thing I would recommend is to not copy exactly the method I used to form a portfolio, but see it more as a solution that will hopefully help you come up with your own solution on how to structure a portfolio.
Next up is Part 2, with some development designs of Fiyero, the Wizard, the Flying monkeys etc
i swear to god
these are actually up on the wall of our school photo room
we have them too, in our cg room
Day 4: I failed
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS AND SHARE THIS.
Aki-Con wants to hide this under the rug, they have blamed the victim and called her a liar, and DJ Victor is NOT to be trusted. He is a known felon, who has raped two known girls now, but who knows how many others who have not spoken up of this. All I ask is that you reblog this and get this attention out there.
Share it with local news media stations, other convention goers, etc.
I actually tried to warn Aki-Con about this man being a felon and they ignored me.
And guess what?
Another innocent girl got RAPED because they ignored the facts.
Not only that, but they IGNORED the girl and tried to say she was lying when she immediately went to staff for help.
EDIT: So, Victor Malice is a part of a cosplay group with around 400 members, give or take.
Which is still a very small part of the pacific northwest and Seattle cosplay community. Out of safety and concern for the members, I shared the post about this situation to the group.
The admins are friends with Victor Malice and DELETED THE POST as to HIDE what happened to people.
IGNORING WARNINGS IS WHAT GOT US HERE, PEOPLE.
If Aki-Con had heeded the warning they received and dropped him as their DJ, then a girl would NOT have been raped by him at Aki-Con 2013.
I personally find it SICKENING that his friends are being his accomplices and are trying to hide these facts from everyone.
This includes the Aki-Con staff that are his friends and knew his past,
This includes the cosplay group admins that are his friends and knew his past,
This includes any of the people who knew his true nature and kept quiet about this. All of this. And even now, they are trying to hide it.
LADIES, PLEASE KEEP YOUR GUARDS UP AT ALL TIMES.
Bad things CAN HAPPEN AT CONVENTIONS.
I will tell you this to the end of the world, because I don’t believe in hiding these facts. I don’t think it is “protecting” anyone in anyway to try and hide what happened. So yes, against their wishes, I will help spread the word about this poor girl and anyone else who may have been victimized by him.
Because I don’t want to see the numbers increased by fools who tried to hide the truth about people who are like DJ Victor Malice.
This isn’t just about one man having done this, this is about making sure people know these kinds of things do happen at conventions.
EDIT2: Luckily someone had left the tab up and had the conversation. So, since it was requested, here was the post and the arguments.
Admins were tagged, and the post was deleted. Remember how it was argued that the admins would tell the group about anything if there was any kind of safety concern?
Well, no warning has been posted. The post got deleted as soon as the admins noticed it and nothing has been said about it since.
My friend on Facebook told me about this.
He’s been convicted in Arizona for sexual conduct with a minor, attempt to commit, and dangerous crimes against children.
If you are in the Washington area, or near by like Vancouver, please be aware of this situation. He is known for going to conventions, and a lot of people are actually acquaintances with him. Since places like Aki Con clearly make huge mistakes like this, please be extra careful to be safe at cons.
I, for one, will not be going to Aki Con again.
This is very upsetting to learn, and I had believed it would not happen again, that the staff would see their fucking errors and do something about it. I fear this is the end for Aki-con for my self, and I suggest for it to be the end for others.
This kind of blatant dishonesty- In not just this, but for how they have treated attendees and Vendors as well. I have only been to Aki twice. In 2012 and this year, and this year I had thought was significantly better from putting the Vendors in the mildew infested and cold garage all day for three days-
Then of course the missing children event when there was a twelve year old cosplayer missing and staff had told me, with a fretting mother and crying sister that there was NOTHING they could do. I thought it was better this year, I thought they have gotten rid of the mentioned DJ that had done this heinous deed before.
I do believe I will also no longer be attending Aki-con, and I again say that others should also do the same. It maybe be fun while you’re there, but you don’t know what you’re inadvertently supporting until it’s too late.
This really hit home when I realized I’d met her at kumoricon this year. She was staffing for registration and we talked about her ariel cosplay and how she wasn’t 18 just yet unfortunately.
This horrifying and I’m so sorry to hear this has happened to her. I’ve never personally attended Aki-con, but I will definitely never attend now.
Since the Pokeddex challenge for December was outdated with the XY inclusion, I have created an updated version of this challenge to include X and Y. All the rules are the same as the original one, we’ve just added a Y to the end of that tag! #POKEDDEXY
- Favourite Bug Type
- Favourite Dark Type
- Favourite Dragon Type
- Favourite Electric Type
- Favourite Fairy Type
- Favourite Fighting Type
- Favourite Fire Type
- Favourite Flying Type
- Favourite Ghost Type
- Favourite Grass Type
- Favourite Ground Type
- Favourite Ice Type
- Favourite Normal Type
- Favourite Poison Type
- Favourite Psychic Type
- Favourite Rock Type
- Favourite Steel Type
- Favourite Water Type
- Favourite Eeveelution
- Favourite Electric Rodent (Pikachu and it’s “New Generation Clones”)
- Favourite Baby Pokemon
- Favourite Mega Evolution
- Favourite Single-Stage Pokemon (Pokemon that doesn’t evolve)
- Favourite Pokemon Design
- Favourite Legendary
- Favourite Starter
- Coolest Pokemon
- Cutest Pokemon
- Scariest Pokemon
- Most Badass Pokemon
- All-Time Favourite Pokemon
Pride and Prejudice / Pacific Rim AU
inspired by [x]
SOMEONE DRAW THIS, STAT
Pokemon X and Y Wondertrade Christmas!
Make kids starting their new games on Christmas happy by sending them some useful Pokemon or little items! You might get a Pokemon without use for you back, but someone somewhere will be really happy about the things you sent!
No one expects you to send your precious items. Please think back to when you were young and playing the games. How precious was a rare candy to a lot of us? Or how great would it be to get an Eevee that is holding a fire or water stone and can be evolved into Flareon or Vaporeon? Make them smile and reblog if you like this idea :)
This is perfect! :)
I really wish notes were still a thing in Pokemon for this gen.
This looks like a nightmare. Is this like a Turducken except from another layer of hell?
good lord no.