Animation Portfolio Reviews 2015!

We are humbled by the dedication, enthusiasm and general awesomeness of the 2015 group of Animation Portfolio Workshop students.   After many months of Life Drawing for Animation and Drawing for Animation classes, APW directors and instructors spent time with each student carefully reviewing thousands of drawings.  The strongest drawings were chosen and and each student put their best foot forward as they applied to top animation schools.  These motivated students created an atmosphere of excitement for drawing and for learning and we couldn't be more proud.  Hard working APW students from this group were accepted into Sheridan's animation program, and will also make up a significant portion of Seneca's first year animation in 2015.  Rising stars.  🙂   animation_portfolio_workshop_IMG_4523  
Graham Finley

Graham Finley

Animator / Pixar Animation

Working with Gerard and Vince and having them focus my energy and enthusiasm for drawing gave me the start I needed. They knew when to answer questions I had and when I needed the encouragement to continue searching for myself.

Patrick O’Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe

Visual Development Artist / Sony Pictures Animation

APW was a major catalyst in forming my passion and skills as a young artist. It helped me to build a strong foundation that went far beyond getting into the college of my choosing and sustains my work ethic today as a professional concept artist in the entertainment industry.

Krishma Shinh

Krishma Shinh

2017 APW student

APW was honestly one of the best experiences in my life and I proudly recommend it to every art kid I meet. The environment is just so motivating and the  content is so valuable. I'm very thankful to APW teachers: Bernadette, Vince, Sonia, Lindsey, and Gerard. Everyone is so accepting and  encouraging. It feels like we're all one big family. Looking back at all the progress I've made since  May, I feel blessed to have had the opportunity  to grow and develop my skill.

Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang

Animator / Method Studios

The instructors at APW are very dedicated and attentive. Not only did I learn to draw, they also taught me how to see form, structure, and think and draw in 3D space. The skills I learned at APW have been extremely helpful through all four years in animation at Sheridan College.

Jim Zub

Jim Zub

Writer and Artist / Zub Tales

APW student portfolios showcase skills that are crucial to succeeding in the industry – high quality figure drawing and a clear understanding of proportion, volume, and gesture. They give their students a solid drawing foundation perfect for building a successful creative career.

Mitch Yager

Mitch Yager

Animator / Sony Imageworks

APW gave me the knowledge I needed to pursue my dream job. I still use the fundamentals from this program every day at work. These guys know what they are talking about and I really don't think I would have got this far without their help.

Myke Bakich

Myke Bakich

Story Artist / Freelance

Working in the animation industry requires more than a handful of skills and abilities. On a daily basis you are required to be quick, confident, committed, careful and provide a high level of quantity and quality work. I was very fortunate to study at the Animation Portfolio Workshop. It instilled in me the dedication and craftsmanship required to develop and use these skills not only as a student, but as a professional. I still use the fundamentals I learned in class at work each day. When it comes to finding success in the workforce you've gotta have the skills to stay employed.

Claudio Gonzalez

Claudio Gonzalez

Creature Cloth TD / Weta Digital, New Zealand

"The Animation Portfolio Workshop was instrumental in getting me into Seneca's animation course. I joined as an amateur artist with zero knowledge of anatomy, and left a professional with a strong understanding of the human body. My sketchbook improved exponentially after the year I spent at APW. Gerard and Vince were incredibly patient with us and took the extra time needed to help us expand our abilities. I can easily say that without the APW, I would not be where I am today, working as a Creature Cloth TD at Weta Digital. Thank you Gerard and Vince!"

Joseph Lague

Joseph Lague

Senior Production Designer and Animator / Smiley Guy Studios

Animation Portfolio Workshop is the catalyst that launched my career. They successfully taught me the skills to succeed in animation school and beyond. I've been working nonstop for almost 9 years now in Toronto and I am always bumping into successful APW graduates.

Ken Wong

Ken Wong

Illustrator / Freelance Artist

During the Summer Intensive program with Gerard and Vince gesture drawing became extremely important to me as an artist. It not only changed the way I think about posing a character, but also gave me the most appropriate method to bring characters to life. Surprisingly, the skill set I was taught in APW still helps me to develop my own drawing style and career now!

Paul Guenette

Paul Guenette

Animator

"It's hard to believe that you started this more than 10 years ago". Most of your former students that I've worked with have been some of the best animators. I could also be biased because I was one of the first students. I owe you guys so much. Thanks."

Shen-Howe Lee

Shen-Howe Lee

UX and UI Designer / One Net Marketing

The APW was a great investment. Gerard and Vince helped me to put together a great portfolio that got me accepted into the Seneca Animation program. Moreover, their community of teachers, students, and alumni provided a lot of support and motivation on my journey to becoming a production artist. I highly recommend APW for anyone who's goal is to work in the TV/FILM or video game industry as an artist.

Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review

/ Animation Career Review

The rest of the world would do well to recognize the importance of this school.

Gabriel Arrellaga

Gabriel Arrellaga

Animation Student at Sheridan Animation / Gabriel's Portfolio

I got accepted to both Sheridan and Seneca, and without the workshop I don´t think I would have had the same results. I came all the way from Paraguay to do this course because I read a lot of great things about it, and I was not disappointed. The instructors are so amazing! They really care about their students and they help us throughout the whole portfolio experience. It´s also great because you make really good friends! I highly recommend taking this course!!

Niko Powell

Niko Powell

Animation Student at Sheridan Animation / Niko's Portfolio

APW changed my life. I am proud and so grateful to have been introduced to the world of professional Art. I have learned so much from my amazing teachers: Gerard, Bernadette, and Vince. It has opened up a wide world for me to hone my own artistic talent. They break your drawing down to the bottom so that you can build it up again as a stronger artist in every aspect. I can’t recommend APW enough, it has helped me in so many ways and anyone hoping to go into Illustration, Animation or any of the arts should definitely go through this amazing course full of amazing and inspiring people.

Simona Baranovicova

Simona Baranovicova

Seneca Animation Student / Simona's Portfolio

I came to Canada all the way from Slovakia to attend the Animation Portfolio Workshop, and I must say it was well worth it! The atmosphere was great, the classes were filled with fun and we gained so much new knowledge. I just got accepted into the animation program at Seneca College and I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it without taking the workshop. If you’re considering whether to take the classes before applying to school, I say do so! There’s always a lot to learn and here you get all the feedback you need to successfully complete your portfolio.

 Božena Baranovičová

Božena Baranovičová

Slovakia / Simona Baranovicova's Mom

After our daughter Simona came to Canada from Slovakia and completed this workshop we saw great progress in her drawing skills. We are proud that thanks to the Animation Portfolio Workshop and her own enthusiasm she got into the school of her dreams. We thank the whole APW team for the help and support they have shown our daughter! Slovak: Po tom, čo sa naša dcéra Simona zúčastnila na tomto kurze sme u nej videli veľké pokroky v kreslení a sme hrdí na to, že sa vďaka nemu a vlastnej zanietenosti dostala na školu svojich snov. Ďakujeme celému APW tímu za pomoc a podporu ktorú prejavili našej dcére!

Raship Trikha

Raship Trikha

Sheridan College Animation student

I'm an international student from Chandigarh, India and I GOT ACCEPTED TO SHERIDAN ANIMATION PROGRAM! ALL THANKS TO THIS WORKSHOP! Its so hard to describe how grateful i was to find this workshop. It has a clear goal and path that makes it even more reliable and appropriate. Once you go through this workshop you won't be able so say goodbye. The skills they teach not only help you build your portfolio but will also help you to survive in the competition you will face. The best thing that i liked was that they focused on drawing skills for the most part without making us worry about the portfolio.They started making us build the portfolio when we had the confidence and skill to do so that made it a lot easier. I would really like to thank the instructors Gerard,Vince and Bernadette who guided us throughout the portfolio days and also the T.As Josh and Lindsey for all the guidance! APW students were in fact the least tensed students out of all the applicants. I would really love to do the whole workshop again and again. Ill highly reccomend it to anyone applying to any animation college or anyone who wants to take their drawings skills to the next level!

Vicky Hinatsu

Vicky Hinatsu

APW TA in training

Wow, i can’t believe its over already!! I cant even comprehend all the drawings (and friends) I' ve made over the months gone by! Thanks to Jose for never letting up or holding back, Chris for staying so late to look at my stuff (sorry!), Sonia for helping me REALLY understand contour, Vince for the perspective help (and the camera), Bernadette for keeping everyone in check (and for letting me on as helper!), Gerard for A LOT, and especially Lindsey, Vinnie, and Josh (thanks so much for running open life!) for all the help!! Good luck to everyone!

Gianna Marks

Gianna Marks

Sheridan College Animation student

I would like to thank all the instructors at the APW for teaching me so much. The drawing experience that I gained at the workshop was beyond what I could have hoped for. This course not only allowed me to produce a competitive portfolio, but it reawakened in me a love for drawing, and a desire to draw. I had never done life drawing before, but the workshop made me fall in love with it, and I wanted to do it as often as possible. It was an amazing experience to see my skills and those of my friends get better with time. The teachers encouraged us to work hard and not to settle for anything. Great animation does not come from just doing the minimum. You have to continuously refine your skills, and the workshop helped me to see that. By the end of the workshop I made some incredible friends who all had the same interests as me. It was a class that I will never forget, and I encourage anyone who loves animation and loves drawing to take this course. You will learn skills that will stay with you in whatever field of art you choose to study.

Diane Cousins

Diane Cousins

Sheridan College Animation Student

APW is an experience I will never forget. There are so many amazing people there that can help you improve. They became like a family to me and were nothing but supportive and encouraging. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who loves drawing and needs an extra boost to help them either with drawing or with building their portfolio. I started at a lower level and finished with such improvement thanks to this helpful program. You will get the help you need here and you will learn a lot from some amazing people. Animation Portfolio Workshop has people there with experience that you can talk to and ask questions with any concerns you might have. I can't thank APW enough.