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[Dec. 22nd, 2008|06:17 pm]
Ringling Students Q&A -- Post your questions here.
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Hi! My name is Kristen Gish, and I'm currently in the stressful process of applying to colleges. I really want to get into the computer animation program at ringling, but the fact that they accept only a few students each year scares me. I was wondering if any of you would be willing to look at a few of my pieces and give me some feedback. I was also wondering about sketchbook pages and artwork that isn't from observation. How much of that stuff do they like to see? Also, what suggestions do you have for cleaning up your artwork on the computer?


[User Picture]From: delvennerim
2008-12-23 07:45 am (UTC)
The greater majority of your portfolio should be 'from life' kinds of things. Figure is very important (they don't all have to be nude - some figures in an environment like a coffee shop would be sure to score you a few points), so is still-life. They also like to see some of your own work and creative process (ie. sketchbook), but they should only be 3-5 pieces in your portfolio (if the portfolio is 20 pieces... I don't remember what it was. If it's 15, keep the non-observation stuff around 3 pieces).
As for cleaning up on the computer... there's a lot of stuff you can do with levels and color select. Things like that. There are tutorials out there. Having a good scanner helps quite a bit.

Hope this helps. Best of luck.
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From: das_bamfchen
2008-12-28 07:09 pm (UTC)
That helps a lot. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: sula_nebouxi
2008-12-31 05:37 am (UTC)
Yeah I think the number is around 75 per year now.

The main thing I would suggest is finishing your drawings. Make them polished and spend more time on them. Tweak them and just be anal about detail! I'd really pay more attention to shadows. Give your drawings a wider range of value. Also, they need a bit of core shadow. It's a relatively darker band that runs along the separation of lit side and shadow side. You see it exaggerated in comics.

Be as exact as you can with your drawings! Good luck!
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From: lindschan
2009-02-05 03:00 am (UTC)
Pfft, my portfolio was worse than this and I got into CA.

Keep working at it.
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