Merry Christmas from the Tardis!
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.
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
male feminists who act like theyre better than other feminists because of the fact theyre men are literally fucking defeating the purpose of feminism like. dude. dude
The Golden Compass - Lyra and Pan
Why did the US government shut down? How did Panem come to existence? Who was the first President? What happened to the other continents?
I am planning to see how many notes this gets, and once it gets a fair amount, I plan to send a letter to Suzanne Collins and ask her to make a new series about this topic.
Has your cat ever walked across your keyboard? Well, it’s not a new problem. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel recently Tweeted this photo of a 15th century book with… you guessed it… cat paw prints in ink on the pages! We’re part of a long and glorious historical movement, friends. (Source: Dr. Marty Becker)
Ah this is the best thing! Those medieval cats!
Cats gon’ be cats
what i’d really like is for someone to objectively watch me for a week or so and then just sit down with me for a few hours and explain to me what i am like and how i look to others and what my personality is in detail and how i need to improve where do i sign up for that
Crystal Bowersox is out as bisexual! Even better: Her new single “Coming Out For Christmas” is LITERALLY about coming out for Christmas, and she’s donating a portion of the proceeds to The Trevor Project. Love everything about this. (via Autostraddle)
MERRY CHRISTMAS BI TUMBLR!
Some random Les Amis Christmas headcanons:
- Marius eats his own body-weight in chocolate coins and ends up falling asleep, covered in bits of foil, on Cosette’s shoulder - this happens every year without fail
- Bossuet and Joly make their own Christmas crackers, and the jokes they come up with are always terrible (they end up snorting with laughter into each other’s shoulders while everyone else just groans)
- Jehan isn’t allowed to decorate the tree by himself again after that time he made his own ornaments out of glitter, ribbon, and real skulls, and freaked out pretty much everyone
- Courfeyrac insists that they do Christmas karaoke, which always ends up being at turns brilliant and hilarious. The hilarious is his and Bahorel’s annual duet, the most memorable of which are their version of “Baby it’s Cold Outside”, and that time they roped Joly and Bossuet into joining them so that they could do the Mean Girls “Jingle Bell Rock” dance (during which Bossuet did indeed accidentally kick the stereo at someone).The brilliant is Combeferre, who has a voice like caramel and could make anything sound amazing. And then there’s Grantaire, who doesn’t just sing, but also accompanies himself on the guitar - the first time he did this, Enjolras got so flustered that he left the room half-way through
- Combeferre, Cosette, and sometimes Grantaire, usually do most of the cooking - Feuilly always offers to help, and Cosette never lets him ("you were working Christmas Eve, go sit down and have a rest, you ridiculous man")
- One time Bahorel and Eponine got Enjolras drunk on really bad wine, resulting in him getting very emotional about “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and giving a half-sweet, half-embarrassing speech in which he told his friends how much he loved them all, and how glad he is that they’re nothing like all Santa’s other reindeer in the song. Then he tripped over the coffee table and landed in Grantaire’s lap, and that is why Enjolras has never been drunk since
Look at all those ducks there are at least ten