View Full Version : Jacqui Davis Portfolio Review
February 22nd, 2012, 04:16 PM
I'm a student of Animation at Staffordshire University graduating in the next few months. Ideally I would like to go into working as a freelance illustrator or working as an in-house artist in a studio however putting together a portfolio I'm happy with is proving to be tricky. I'm posting my working portfolio, any advice would be more than appreciated.
Here's the link to my portfolio, sorry for not including the images here but attachments don't seem to be behaving for me tonight.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to look!
February 23rd, 2012, 04:05 AM
Hello JLD, i've seen your portfolio. There's something i don't get. You're an animation student but you want to work as a freelance artist but you're showing animation work in your portfolio? I really like the 10yr old Disney style, really strong, but you mix it with realistic digital painting works and this is not good cause one is purely simplified for animation or in some cases for comics and the other one is for illustration.
I suggest to pick the subject you like to do the most and focus on it (in your case animation or illustration), leave aside all the other stuff cause a mix of the two only confuses people willing to hire you, if they start asking themselves "is this person going to do this thing or this other thing for me?" probably they'll look for someone more concrete.
Oh and i will not include similar drawings... is good to have a set of designs but it's really bad if they are in the same position and camera angle.
February 23rd, 2012, 07:20 AM
I like that you used blogspot because of the popups, it makes it easy to skim through. The one thing I noticed was that I preferred your cartoon and exaggerated pieces to the more realistic ones as the anatomy felt a little off, like in the picture with the woman and bear. If it was meant to be exaggerated perhaps that should be more visible. All in all I think it's a good portfolio!
February 23rd, 2012, 08:50 AM
Hello JLD, i'm a bit confused. Do you want to become an illustrator or an animator? You said you want to become an illustrator but you're showing in your portfolio a lot of animation drawing (10yrs old disney style, i like it). I think you have to choose a topic and focus on that, it would be the best for showing your skills and if someone is willing to hire you for illustration it doesn't have to search for your illustration in your portfolio to know what you're capable of. Aside of this i will remove similar works like the portraits you've made cause is better if you show that you're capable of doing the same subject (like a portrait) but in different camera views maybe (same for the fairy picture).
February 24th, 2012, 07:23 AM
bytheoak, Thanks for your reply. I wasn't sure about the pic of the woman with the bear because she is the oldest of the images in my portfolio and probably the one I liked least. I think I may remove that image rather than have it be the odd one out.