Art School Admissions Portfolio
“I’ve been drawing and painting at home by myself, and I’m planning to apply for art schools in the US in 2019.
For the last couple of years, I have been spending lots of time drawing self-portraits. And I found myself exploring endlessly changing colors on my skin, and it always made me thrilled. Since then, I have been trying to use as many colors as possible to express the marvelous beauty of the human skin.
So my very next challenge is to use unfamiliar mediums and possibly all kinds of mediums to depict the colors of human skin. Now, I am very excited to see how my works will be transformed through them.”Purchase a portfolio critique
“Hi there! I’m going to be doing a portfolio review of the images that you’ve compiled here for your art school admissions portfolio. So, the way this works is I will be going over your portfolio as a whole, and then I will go over each piece individually and tell you what’s working and what I think you could probably improve upon.
So, to begin with, I think that you have an excellent command of portraiture. Each piece is really, really well articulated, in the face and in the hands, your sense of expression is vibrant and lively and really believable. I can tell that you’ve spent a ton of time trying to master faces and hands, and that is a skill that is extremely coveted, so you should be really proud of yourself for that.
Your sense of craftsmanship is good, and perspective… like I’m seeing in the hammer here, and in the hand kind of facing straight on, these are hard things to accurately show how they fit in space. But you do a really good job of articulating that. I
think that you’ve got a lot of whimsy and humor in your work. It seems like you’re really into narrative. and each of your pieces has a kind of punch line to it; and this can be a double-edged sword. sometimes it’s really great to have everything contained in one image, but sometimes you want your piece to kind of leave the viewer with a question, and i’ll talk a little bit about that with some individual pieces.
Overall I get a really clear sense of you. I feel like I am beginning to know you as a person looking at these pieces, and I think that’ll make a strong impact on the admissions board. As far as things that admissions boards like to see in a portfolio, is they like to see that you are experimenting in your work–that you’re not afraid to use many different mediums, and you’re not afraid to try these out even if you fail.
So, I think it will be really wonderful to see some sculpture or maybe some college, which is an element that you’re already starting to add, you could push that more a bit–maybe doing some comics, which would be more of a time-based element, and would continue that narrative approach that you’re taking. They also really like to see a variety of subject matter. now, you really have the portraiture thing down, but right now what I’m seeing is every single piece–or just about every single piece–features either one or two people, and then you have a couple pictures that have things in them, like still lifes.
You should probably demonstrate that you know or understand space, so work that shows maybe architecture or landscape, large groups of people, or just spaces in general would be also really good to include to show that you understand that kind of subject matter as well.
Also another thing that is good to have–and you have probably have some of this if you’ve been practicing the human figure for this long, is including some gestural work, like some kind of process work, things that aren’t totally finished. Or show that you at least know the foundation.
If you ever take figure drawing class, things like 10 or 20 minute drawing poses, gesture poses, these would be good things to include, maybe, one or two images of. So, to begin with this piece here, your draftsmanship is very, very good, as I was talking about.
It really feels like this bag is sagging open, and that this water bottle fits into that bag. the proportions seem correct–I really like how this handle here…you curved it down just the slightest bit, and it makes that weight of the bag feel really believable, like the bag is sagging. Same with the hat–it feels like this is made out of fabric and its sagging. this makes sense to me. although, I like this kind of subtle shadow down here. I think that’s really beautiful, and one of the better moments of this piece.”