I have a question to anyone who's gotten past the Sheridan portfolio review. I've been pretty stressed out and have been finding small mistakes and fixing them but amidst all that I forgot about the exact format of the portfolio... I looked up the requirement sheet but I didnt find anything that would help.
The question is, is it acceptable to take the original drawings/assignments and reduce them into 8.5"x11" sheets or do we include the original artworks which could possibly be done on large, 14"x17" newsprint/bond paper. Its kind of newbie question >.<; I havent really done any portfolio reviews before. I understand that the people who signed up early for the mail-in review can do that but what about the others who come in person to drop it off ?
There's really no rule against this but I would think that having originals in your portfolio would make it much more... genuine I guess. That said, nothing in the criteria says you can't put photographs of your art.
Of course, this is my first review with Sheridan and I would think somebody who has done it would have a better opinion than mine. All I'm saying is that if it's not stated otherwise, it's a safe bet that it's fair game.
EDIT: Misread the question.
Last edited by Alex Chow; February 22nd, 2009 at 08:53 AM.
I gave in originals, theres no real format for the portfolios really, just keep it really neat. They go through so many portfolios a day so having to find something of yours might annoy them some. just make it easy and organized, there no real size restriction either. Give in originals i think it might be better especially the life drawing part.
I have a some questions and I would greatly appreciate some feedback if you know the answers. I am applying to Sheridan's Animation Program (BAAA) straight out of high school and this is what I wanted to know:
1. For the portfolio review, do you have to register it right from the beginning or can it be registered in between the time frame? (It says it's from 8:30-to 10am) I'm wondering because I'm travelling from far away..
2. For an in person portfolio review, do I need to prepare to talk about my work or anything, or am I just dropping off my work for them to critique?
3. How should I display my work? Is there a specific sized portfolio case I should use?
4. All my work is original, but I after I was done I looked online at some people's work for guidance and to insure I'm on the right track and I want to be sure that this is not plagiarizing. How do the portfolio review panel decide if it is or not? Is it only when someone's work is copied fully or does it include small parts as well? Should I copyright my work? I just don't want to take any chances, just in case!
I am a newbie at this and never had a portfolio review of this sort, please help me out if you can
If your travelling to Sheridan for the portfolio review and the trip takes any longer than 2 hours its really not worth coming in. Although, I suppose if you also want to tour the campus to make sure its right for you (which I would highly recommend, as I am not fond of the current environment) then I guess it would be worth the effort afterall.
As for the portfolio process you basically come into the school to drop off your portfolio between 830am and 10am, and then wait like fucking forever until you can get it back. You dont get to sell yourself as an artist/person to someone making decisions on your acceptance, your portfolio is all they will see.
They prefer to see originals because they dont want you to hide your flaws digitally or through photographs, they want to see how you draw through your work. STRUCTURE above all else is most important, rendering/tonal has very little if any value. My portfolio was basically a lot of poorly designed unimaginative characters, environments and ideas, but showed a primitive understanding of structure.
You can buy a cheap portfolio presentation book from any art store that will do just fine. Some people went all out with a big showy portfolio case, but its not worth your time at this stage, and in my opinion is just a hassle for the people reviewing it.
As far as plagarizing goes, I'd like to think that if its incredibly obvious you've got no chance, but I've seen some strange things since I've been here. Basically if your stuff is a bad ripoff of well known designs, or is some furry anime bullshit, then your chances are much much slimmer but, not hopeless.