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
Super Yakuza Bros by Eduardo Vieira
"YAKUZA MARIO, the king of mushroom drug dealers, YAKUZA LUIGI, the prince of green mushrooms. The evil princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and her demonic guard!!! Are the Yakuza Bros a match for them??? “Traditional, Ink & Red Pencil, 2013
oh no luigi is hot
I normally don’t reblog art that isn’t my own or a friend signal boost but this inking is just gorgeous and everything I love about ink work and uughgggnnnn *drooling*
also i super love the soft minimal colors wanna eyeball this close for reference
Two admission tickets from 1790
These two tiny slips of paper shouldn’t exist. They are admission tickets from the 18th century, which users would normally have thrown out - but they were not, obviously. The top one gave one Mr. Masfield admission to the British Museum. He visited it on 3 March, 1790, a Wednesday. At this time small groups of five visitors were guided through the museum by a servant - Mr. Masfield took the 1 O’Clock tour, according to the ticket. The guides were not to receive any tips from these wealthy visitors: “No Money is to be given to the Servants,” the ticket warns. The second ticket admitted one Mr. Zucker admission to the chemistry lectures at Cambridge University (Harvard), “for the present season”. It was issued 14 October, 1790, in the same year Mr. Masfield visited the British Museum. This is, in other words, the precursor to the modern student card. I love how these two unpretentious slips of paper somehow made it into our own time: time capsules that show us brief moments in the lives of two 18th-century gentlemen.
THE BEST COOKIE RECIPES :D
I figured it couldn’t hurt to post a little bit of the big project I’m working on with Joanna Estep. This is some character art and sample pages from Jangala, a futuristic gangland retelling of the Jungle book. Jo and I are really stoked to tell this story and are in the process of finding a good home for it! Here is our elevator pitch:
“Now this is the Law of the Jungle- as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back-
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack.”
Jangala is an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books flung forward in time to an age where the wrecked earth is stumbling into a new century. Taking place in a futuristic Mumbai, Jangala retells the Jungle Books from the point of view of a young, untested police officer, Mowgli as he goes undercover into the dangerous gangland of an insular, impoverished slum to take down the violent drug kingpin, Shere Khan.
Written by Leia Weathington, the award-winning creator of The Legend of Bold Riley series, drawn by Harvey Award-winner Joanna Estep and featuring colors by Conley Smith, Jangala is a childhood story with sharp new teeth.
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As if you couldn’t already tell this dude is legit, he has a TEAL GameCube. That’s a development kit. You don’t just buy those at the freakin’ store.
There is not even enough time in the world to enjoy these games
Considering how much work went into prepping that room of games, I feel like he should have a nicer TV. Or at least, a bigger TV.