Hello, fair citizens. Today I am here to talk about..... National Portfolio Day.
What is this strange phenomenon!?? To put it in simple terms, it's basically a college fair for visual artists and designers where tons of amazing art colleges and real experienced reps from each college are there for you to present your portfolio to, and get some real feedback and answers to any of your curious college questions. It's not a day where you can present your portfolio to get an early acceptance to your dream college, but it's an insane opportunity to hear straight from the source what it is you need to work on. Pretty awesome, right?
Find a location near to you: www.portfolioday.net/2013-14-s…
So. I went to the one nearest me..... Wow, all the artsy people..... They were in massive swarms. All kinds. It was amazing to see everyone gathered in that big room, so different, yet so alike. Mwahaha. Everyone carrying their portfolios. The poor people who brought their fat stack of large canvases. The lines........ the winding lines we were standing in, like Disneyland, only without the happy. Haha. It wasn't sad, it was just very constructive and to-the-point.
Okay, so obviously it's difficult to listen to people critique your work. But if you ever want any chance at getting better, it's always a keen idea to hear people out. Especially if they're the real deal representative of an accredited art college, and they know their stuff. They know their stinking stuff!!!
But, really. It's difficult. It is. It feels like all your hard work is somehow still not good enough. (That's the defensive side of you that's upset that you aren't an art god.... also, the emo side.) The important thing to remember is that they are genuinely trying to help you, and you have nothing to lose but maybe a few short hours of your day.
To be honest, I walked in unprepared with a hastily thrown-together pile of recent work (nothing I would dub my "portfolio") running on two hours of sleep and the false hope of Aaron Tveit.
So, I wasn't at my best, but it would've been foolish not to attend this amazing event.
So guys. 1 big thing I need to work on:
1. Figural/Observational Drawings
- I have, like, none. And I honestly don't know how to freaking do it or where to even begin. SO I WILL LEARN.
And practice. And practice some more. And then draw random passersby. [Which I already do, but always stylistically.] And then eat. And then practice.
- They really stressed that I needed to find a more realistic foundation to my anatomy figures before I delve in and establish a cartoony style. Which another challenge, if you're used to doing everything a certain way. [Because I very much am.] But I'm here to learn!!! And so that was an interesting bit of feedback that I'm glad I received because it would've taken me much longer to realize it on my own.
So that was a really good experience that I had today. It was made bearable by my great friend Red the Amazing (Scarlett.) It was hard, but ultimately fueled my desire to be better, like never before. Because it's never gonna get more real than that.
Yaaaaayyyy, and now I'm wiped out hard, so I need to sleep, goodnight world.
Lovely Watchers and commenters, I LOVE YOU AMAZING PEOPLE.
Thanks for everything you do to keep me sane. It makes a difference.