Been keeping an eye on this series since it was started back in December :3 I think it’s time that I blew the dust off of my website and actually put a portfolio up, and methinks that starting a portfolio from scratch would be my best bet. I’ll be working my way through this series and so figure it’d be nice to put the information I’m working from up for any other artists that may be interested in some solid portfolio advice.ArtOrder Portfolio Building Class
- Week 1 – What is a Portfolio?
- Week 2 – The Self Assessment
- Week 3 – Setting a Strategy
- Week 4 – Developing a Plan
- Week 4a – The Insanity Loop
- Week 5 – Storyboarding & Presentation
- Week 5a – Presentation
- Week 6 – Talking Points and Questions
- Week 7 – Sealing the Deal
- Extra! - Portfolios on the Web
The series was written by Jon Schindehette, Senior Creative Director/Art Director over at Wizards of the Coast and owner/organizer of the ArtOrder and ArtOrder Challenges. All kudos go to him for it’s existence, I’m just spreading the wealth :D
Some commissions I did at Fanime. (No, commissions are not actually open—I do a few drawings or commissions at shows usually.)
New one for SooJin Buzelli at Planadviser magazine, based on the concept of “The importance of the right training/knowledge is power.” A pretty tricky phrase to illustrate, particularly since I needed to encapsulate both of those slightly different ideas. I like all the other sketches, but this is the only one that clicks with the concept. A nice thing with SooJin’s assignments is that I often get neat sketches that I can reuse later on for personal stuff.
Bottom is the color study, which, in some ways I prefer, but it made me too sleepy. Flashbacks of falling asleep in overly warm classrooms.
Essential Productivity Apps for any student:
- Caffeine- Prevents your screen from going into sleep mode. Great if you’re writing notes on an article and the screen keeps dimming, whilst you hope that if you stare long enough, the phrase “homologous ways to a view of hegemony” will start to make sense.
- Flux- If you find that you can’t sleep for ages after studying late at night, then this app is a total game changer. It basically turns the light on the screen red, because science people say that blue light keeps you awake and red light doesn’t. (*Full Disclosure* I’m not a scientist)
- Focusbar- The annoying voice of your mother nagging you to finish your homework…in app form. You can set the annoying level (I have it set on “wildly annoying”) and a bar will appear in the corner every few seconds to remind you that you’re supposed to be doing something else besides looking at cat photos.
- Microsoft Office- self explanatory, so I’ve linked to an article about life hacks for Microsoft Office instead. Because I’m just that awesome.
- Nag- Does your 5 minute study break keep turning into an hour on Youtube? Then you need Nag in your life. It’s basically an alarm/timer. But an extremely loud and annoying alarm/timer that’s very difficult to ignore. The bells genuinely sound more judgemental the longer you ignore it.
- Self Control- Also known as Cold Turkey for Microsoft users. If you absolutely cannot be trusted with an internet connection, then you need Self Control in your life. You add a list of websites to the “blacklist”and then set how long you want the app to work for, and for that duration of time you wont be able to access those website. Seriously, not even rebooting your computer or uninstalling the app will let you access the blacklist until your time is up. Tough love at its finest.
- Zotero- The new love of my life. Zotero allows you to manage all your citations and sources in one easy place. It’s an absolute life saver- no joke. There’s an in-word add in, so it will write your bibliography and citations for you in any format you want. There’s a chrome/firefox add in and a mobile app, so you don’t even have to type the citation into Zotero. Just press the button it does all the hard work for you. It even updates itself online, so you can still access your bibliography if your computer crashes. I <3 Zotero 5eva.
By Tomoyuki Kambe
‘While focusing on the small living things in the natural world, I will try to draw the surrounded big world.
As for the element which forms this world, it has the led to the element which forms our societies.
Whenever I focus the small individual of the nature world, I notice the affinity of our societies. Through the observation of the small things around us, I believe that we find the form of the big world’
- Tomoyuki Kambe
Mooooorrreee. - ELI
Picked up my business card today! The colors came out super great. Come find me at Anime Expo (table A40) and take….idk 5 with you lol
How do you get the inspiration to draw such beautiful illustrations that tell a story? I find it very hard to think up/conceptualize one :c
Where are some places you want to go? Things you want to experience and feel? As cheesy as that sounds, that is where we get our inspiration for some of our ideas. Some based off the fascination with mythology, a quest for searching out something. Maybe an item, or something within the character’s self? Maybe we just like the idea of going into a lush jungle. And from there, you can just expand with those ideas and do what you want. There are no limits! Besides, most ideas come in fragments. Not everything comes together at once. So technically, ideas can flow very easily for us, because there really isn’t that much strain of thought to conceptualize anything, really. But the story takes a little longer ; that’s always a fun journey in itself! You just draw what you want to see or visit! You don’t have to draw an idea to impress anyone. Do it for you, as silly, wacky, impossible, strange, or whatever your story may be. :)