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*seductively puts on Mickey ears*
“So I heard you like Disney…”
someone fix this gif and make her put on mickey ears!
my hand slipped
If you can’t respect my obsession with Avatar: The Last Airbender or Legend of Korra then I can’t date you
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
me first day of the semester: I’M GONNA GET AN A!!!!! I BETTER ORGANIZE MY NOTES!!!! I’M WRITING THIS IN MY PLANNER!!!! THIS IS SO COOL!!!!! I’M SETTING MY ALARM 30 MINUTES EARLY
me the night before finals week: SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT SHIT shit shit shit shit shit shit shit… shit… sh…. ss.ss….. ..i don’t care haha
was tagged by: beingsomeonebutme
Rule 1: Always post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 11 new ones
Rule 3: Tag 11 people and link them to the post
Rule 4: Actually tell them you tagged them
I got asked:
1. Which subject interests you the most?
I’ve always loved languages, being able to close the gap between cultures and people. Foreign cultures, histories, and languages are great.
2. If you could only pick 3 objects to go with you to a desert island, what would you choose? (You can’t choose people)
Hm, a knife (for survival needs), a nature guide (to show me what is safe to eat or whatever), and a two way radio to contact someone for when (or if) I want off the island.
3. What is your favourite part of the day?
It depends on the day I am having. Somedays i love the early morning, the sunrise the cool (as cool as it can get in Florida) air. Sometimes it’s dusk, or midday. I guess it would be the part of the day when I am most awake, and able to appreciate the day, no matter the time.
4. Would you rather never read again or never watch TV (not even on the computer) again?
I don’t think I could handle never reading another book again. I mean it’s like TV in your head! (yes that was an iCarly reference). As long as my youtube vids are off the table I think I could give up TV. It would just hurt so much to give up my babies though. :C
5. Tell one secret you’ve never told anyone.
When we were in middle school my best friends at the time and I kissed because we wanted to make sure that we would be able to do it right for if/when we had boyfriends. We were (and as far as I know still are) straight girls (there were three of us). We used nothing but tongue. I haven’t seen or talked to them in years. We all agreed that the kiss didn’t count as our first. But yeah, I kissed a girl in 6th grade?
6. Would you rather be on the stage or behind the cameras?
As much as I would love to be on the stage I have no real stage presence. Just ask anyone who was there for my first audition for a school play. It was a catastrophe. But still I’d be just as comfortable behind the camera as in front of it.
7. Favourite book and/or TV show?
Book: Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Titans Curse
TV Show: Avatar: The Last Airbender
8. Share a childhood moment that you remember for some reason.
Oh, I’ve got a good one. Okay. In the 4th grade there was this girl named Ashley. She and I were the only black girls in my class, so clearly we were the bestest of friends. Any way there was also this guy Chance, who would always hit on all the girls, which being 10 meant that he would slightly tease us without actually being mean, like he was classy about it. So, one day we were sitting outside the classroom before school waiting for our teacher, we were very early. Ashley and I were chatting, she was in a bit of a mood so I was listening while she was ranting. So then Chance, being the overactive 10 year old he was decides to interrupt Ashley and starts messing with her. It’s just the three of us and I try to warn Chance to back off, but he doesn’t listen. I get up to look for a teacher to get him to leave us alone. Once I have my back turned I hear this loud CRACK that echos through the hall. I turned around and see Chance holding his cheek while Ashley was sitting in the same place as before, knees at her chin, looking off to the distance, a smile on her face. I run back to Chance who is backing up slowly away from the door, away from Ashley, and away from me. Chance had a big red handprint on his face for a solid hour (he was a pale kid) and he never bothered any of the girls in the class for the rest of the year. When the teacher finally got to the class to let us in she saw Chance’s face and asked what happened, I thought he was going to rat me and Ashley out but instead he said, “Nothing I didn’t deserve.” and smiled on walked into class. It was the coolest thing to not happen to me in the 4th grade.
9. What kind of relationship do you have with your parents?
With my father? Non existent. I only exist to him when convenient and he only exists to me when necessary.
With my mother? Rocky. Some days we can be pretty close, we can joke things are fine. But more often than not nowadays we don’t really see eye to eye.
All in all, it could be A LOT better.
10. What are your views on homosexual marriage and adoption?
Yes. Yes to all. I’m sorry but this should not be an issue. Here’s my philosophy; if you can say what you think about gay rights but use the words “black person” or “women” instead of gay and NOT sound like an ignorant douche bag then good for you. If not then you need to reevaluate your way of thinking.
11. A moment when you felt real happiness.
The night I got asked out out to prom was pretty ecstatic for me. I remember not being able to wipe that grin off my face for hours, even as I lied in bed. My crush for over a year had asked me and the thought of that night brings more joy than the actual prom night itself.
People I tag:
1. Where were you born? Is it where you live now?
2. The holidays are right around the corner, what are the top five things on your wish-list?
3. Do you recall your first crush? If so, (and you do, don’t lie) can you tell us a story?
4. Where on earth would you rather be and why?
5. Are you artistically inclined (music, theater,drawing, etc.)?
6. How is it that you found your way to this website?
7. Favorite movie/book/TV show as a child? Is it still your favorite, or have you outgrown it?
8. How many fandoms are you in? Name them all if you can.
9. When’s the last time you talked to either of your parents?
10. Tell us a story about an incompetent teacher you’ve had.
11. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Daft Punk - Pentatonix
Just listen to the first twenty seconds and tell me that is not perfection.
nah, he ran into her knife
he ran into her knife ten times
HE HAD IT COMING
HE ONLY HAS HIMSELF TO BLAME
IF YOU’D HAVE BEEN THERE
IF YOU HAD SEEN IT
I BET THAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME
i cannot stress enough how much i love this post