Sketchbook dump. experimenting with different mediums and generally messing around. I’ve become a Class A stalker while cafe drawing
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Hey! I was looking through your blog and your art is unbelievably amazing. I am in grade 12 and I'm thinking of applying to art school, most likely a drawing and painting program, I'm not sure if you can help me but I'd love to know if you have any tips or anything when it comes to creating and presenting a portfolio? Completely obsessed with your work!! :)
Aww thanks so much!! I would say, if you are passionate about it, really go for it, art school is an amazing place. I am about to give you every tip I can think of and really take them to heart because I applied to a TON of art schools and was accepted to all but one.
For sure consider Ringling. Especially if you love nature and warm weather and sunshine. It’s beautiful here and there is such a happy atmosphere. A lot of people complain that there isn’t much to do (no party scene) but if you look hard enough, you can always find some sort of party.
If your style is manga or anime, drop what you’re doing, and start working in another style. Unless you are the master of it, art schools HATE anime.
FIGURE DRAWING. If you can find some place to get some practice figure drawing, DO IT. Knowing how to draw the figure gives you a HUGE advantage over other applicants. I went to a pre-college program, if you want to do that it will help you a crazy amount.
carry a sketchbook with you everywhere. draw anything you feel like but draw all the time. An artist is a sketchbook with a person attached.
If you want drawing and painting, you could also apply to be an illustration major, they have a really broad range of job possibilities after college, and I think it’s more rigorous than fine arts major. It is my belief that fine arts majors focus more on making things with crazy medium and being different.
Look up local portfolio reviews. Often they have representatives of every major art school who would be happy to meet with you and talk about your work (what to and not to include in your application).
Try to include as broad a range of mediums in your application as you can, unless your BEST work is in one medium. Like if your painting are fabulous, but your charcoal is so-so, just include your paintings.
have a good mixture of life drawing and imaginative drawing. If theres a way, make your life drawing imaginative, like drawing hands that turn into animals, or a still life that’s melting.
try your hand at contour drawing, if it looks good, include it for sure:)
And the only other thing I can think of is try to visit at least your top three colleges. My original first and second choice, I ended up not even applying to at all after visiting.
If you’re ever visiting Ringling, I would love to give you a behind the scenes tour!!!:) I am friends with a fine arts major and an illustration major that you could talk to also. I’m not a professional, but if you want to send me your portfolio, I can help you decide which to include as well. Hope this was helpful! Goodluck!