Finally posting this.
So, I've told some people that I would post my portfolio once I got it back. I haven't gotten around to doing it until now, and I apologize. I remember when I was scavenging around looking for portfolios people had posted, and there had been only a few. So I'd like to share mine with you.
First of all, I'd like to say that this portfolio represents quite a bit of knowledge I've gathered over the years in order to prepare myself for what the CalArts Character Animation panel is looking for. Tons and tons of practice, critique, and ultimately, figuring out what works. And here's what I've concluded to include in a portfolio for this specific program:
1. Firstly, include mostly life drawings. I didn't send anything otherwise.
2. Go to figure drawing classes whenever you can. Understand that the models don't have to be completely nude, but it's good to show that you have an understanding of anatomy.
3. Include animals. Go to a zoo. It is my understanding that animals are rare in portfolios, and this should give you an advantage if you include them.
4. Diversity is important. Show that you can fit many different styles.
And now, for some tips on actual content...
1. Be yourself. I cannot stress this enough. Don't just be another artist that is able to copy exactly what is in front of them. Add your own personal flavor to your artwork. Just think, what is going to separate you from the next person, or the person after? You need to show that your artwork is unique. Don't be afraid to exaggerate things or extend beyond the page. Go ahead and add another piece of paper to get your point across!
2. Every piece should tell a story through body language, color, etc.
3. Only your best work. A few amazing pieces makes a better impression than many mediocre ones.
4. Presentation may be just as important as the artwork included. Think of a way you can show your artwork that makes the biggest impression.
Alright, there's probably more but at the moment I think I'll just show you my portfolio. I also included a smaller portfolio of sketches which I may post later, but for now here's the big pieces. I apologize for the terrible quality. I would also like to say that a CalArts portfolio is probably constructed much differently than your average art portfolio, simply because it shows that your abilities are limitless rather than simply focusing on technical aspects.