Lately, a lot of art bloggers are creating lists with suggestions for drawings, mostly of the one-a-day, post-a-day variety. These are great, and I’m doing the “One Drawing a Day” program myself.
It occurred to me, however, that when I was starting out, a portfolio and what it should contain was a bit of a mystery to me. So in the interest of helping aspiring illustrators, I came up with this challenge, specifically geared toward the goal of filling a portfolio with presentation-ready work.
Horror, because it’s my bag, is the genre we’ll be creating. Here are the rules…
Kathy Ferrell’s Portfolio Builder Challenge
Set a deadline for yourself of 7 days max for each piece. If you create all 30 pieces, you’ll have a very impressive body of work in less than 8 months, from which you can choose your best and impress the heck out of potential clients. On some you’ll work faster, for others, you’ll be glad of the week allowed.
Use whatever media you choose…traditional, digital, color, b&w, manipulated photography, your choice.
Post what you’re up to at least weekly. Hopefully, you’ll let me know about it. If you’d like a critique, just ask, and unless I’m swamped, I’ll publicly remark on your strengths and dance delicately round your weak points.
To get your creative juices flowing, you might enjoy looking up the work of such masters as Harry Clarke, Virgil Finlay, Bernie Wrightson, Basil Gogos and others. All are incredible.
You don’t have to do the list in order, or every one, but try to do at least twenty.
1. Scene from a nightmare you’ve had
2. Creepy child
3. Human skull
4. Scary tree
5. Illustration for a horror story of your choice
6. Man-made monster (think Shelley’s Frankenstein monster, Gollum, etc.)
7. Dark, spooky house seen from the road
8. Beautiful but ominous woman
10. Evil fairy
11. Frightened child
12. Animal you find terrifying
14. Space creature/Scary robot
15. Angry mob
16. Open casket with body
18. Frightening creature from mythology (Norse, Greek, Native American, etc.)
19. Scary clown
23. Boogieman in child’s closet or under bed
25. Vampire (male or female)
27. Crow or raven
29. Handsome but threatening man
30. Sea monster
Well, artists, there it is. I look forward to seeing what you create! Until next time, bonne nuit, mes innocents!