The second part of the portfolio building Class from ArtOrder is here: [link]
"]Portfolio building class 2- the self assessment/
It is again aimed supposedly at painters, and illustrators. However these questions apply also to pretty much any artist.
Here is my take on the class assignment:
When i started this i thought i knew most of the answers, but the closer i got to the end, the more i realized how far I am from my goals in art, and in life.
Question #1 What are you passionate about?
Science fiction, philosophy, theology, world politics, astrophysics, art, music.
Question #2 What do you want to bring forth in the world?
My vision of the world, that i acquired in my short 25 years.
Because i really think that there are not many people that have experienced the things that i had in my life, and did the things that i've done. (But maybe most of us could say exactly the same thing).
Question #3 Who do you want to be in your life?
I want to be a lot of things, that is probably the problem - i do too much stuff at the same time trying to be a writer, artist, physicist, and more.... at the same time.
Question #4 Where do you derive your inspiration?
My daily life, mostly the bad and the good things that happen to me on a daily/weekly/etc... basis.
Questions #5 Who do you want to be for others?
Myself, i try very hard not to care what others think about me and what i do.
Question #6 What is your favorite content/subject?
"Older" style fantasy and sci-fi art.
As the time goes by and i grow up, I really start to detest all the generic anime influenced and "concept art" crap that flooded the internet and the world of art.
Question #7 What is your favorite medium?
Question #8 Who is your favorite painter/illustrator?
Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo.
Question #9 What is your favorite texture, piece of anatomy, basic shape, color to paint?
Favorite texture: Skin.
Anatomy: Women faces.
Basic Shapes: Blocks.
Color: Don't have one.
Question #10 What do you get out of painting?
Satisfaction that i can at least partially, reproduce the ideas that i have in my mind on canvas.
Question #11 What are your strengths in creative thinking, drawing, painting, problems solving, color theory, composition, perspective, visual narrative, and design?
Creative thinking: Don't know.
Drawing: I can draw pretty much anything with a pencil, even without references, high rendering skills.
Painting: Nice use if "paintery" styled brushes.
Problem solving: Don't know.
Color theory: Nice use of vibrant colors.
Composition: Simple and readable.
Perspective: Simple knowledge of basic rules.
Visual narrative: Simple and readable.
Design: Simple designs.
Question #12 What are your weaknesses in creative thinking, drawing, painting, problems solving, color theory, composition, perspective, visual narrative, and design?
Creative thinking: Not enough imaginative/original ideas.
Drawing: Too stiff, sometimes over rendered.
Painting: Poor knowledge of the different tools, and ways of using them.
Problem solving: Don't know.
Color theory: A very limited knowledge in color theory, color mixture and etc.
Composition: Weak composition solutions.
Perspective: Weak perspective knowledge.
Visual narrative: Poor ability to convey a coherent and powerful message.
Design: No imaginative design solutions for different problems and aspects in the paintings/drawings.
Question #13 Pick one company or product that you want to work on. (We'll come back to this, so chose wisely).
Cover art for Heavy Metal magazine, and the likes of it.
Question #14 What specific skills are REQUIRED to acquire work with the company or product you identified in #13, and what levels of proficiency are required in those skills?
Very good design skills, high level of painting skills, original and imaginative ideas, the ability to attract the eye of the potential reader from a single glance.
Question #15 How do your skills align with the company or product you chose in #13?
Question #16 What is the skill that needs to be a priority for development to attain your goal of working with the company or product chosen?
Visual narrative and design.
Question #17 What specific problem does your company or product need solved visually?
The ability to attract the eye of the potential reader from a single glance.
Question #18 What design challenges need to be solved visually?
Cover design issues = simple, appealing, beautiful.
Question #19 What issues of *"user experience" need to be solved visually?
Don't understand the question.
Question #20 What one image in your portfolio shows that:
• you have ALL the skills required : None.
• you have the level of skill proficiency for all skills required: None.
• you understand the problems that needed to be visually solved: Partially this - [link]
• you can do the job better than an artist they are currently working with: None.
The last section made me think really hard about, what i really want to do and what i need to do in my art to achieve my goals.
I really hope more people would take the time to answer these questions, and ponder about their skills and goals.