For 20 years we’ve encountered all kinds of ideas about what is actually involved in the preparation of an animation portfolio. A lot of these ideas have been erroneous, and a number of them have been downright comical in nature. We can talk about the comical ideas in a future post, but for now lets stick with the biggest misconception going around about how an animation portfolio gets made.
APW instructors demonstrate each drawing exercise. Our instructors draw. Our instructors are awesome. The only way to teach something is if you understand it because it’s part of your daily life. It’s the way Animation Portfolio Workshop operates. Have a look at the following video to see
It’s that time of year again, and we have been very busy working with all of our current APW students on animation portfolio preparation.
As always, we have had another great group this year. The hard work and dedication that they’ve all devoted to learning how to draw over the past 38 classes and then applying those fundamentally essential skills to creating plenty of their best work for their animation portfolios has been an honour to help with and observe first hand as the process unfolds and develops.
With Seneca animation portfolio preparations complete we are now closing in on finishing up the Sheridan animation portfolios as well as a number of portfolios for other programs. Congrats to all 2018-2019 Animation Portfolio Workshop students. Well done!!
Want to know what goes into an animation portfolio? It’s all about drawing. The actual drawings in the portfolio are a byproduct of knowing drawing fundamentals like life drawing, perspective, character drawing, and many more. No quick-tips or short cuts will ever substitute for the real thing. If you want to get into animation school you’ll want to know this…
Werner Zimmermann is an artist/illustrator/life drawing instructor presently teaching life drawing to animation students at Seneca’s Animation Arts Centre in Toronto. Werner offers his assessment of Animation Portfolio Workshop as preparation for animation students.
I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but now with the the new semester at Seneca I’m compelled to finally say it: Animation Portfolio Workshop is really making a difference in the quality of students that come into my first semester Life Drawing classes.
Although I am speaking solely for myself and not on behalf of Seneca College, after over 25 years of teaching I have seen all levels of students entering the life drawing classes. Simply said, there is a difference. Solid understanding of drawing fundamentals is immediately apparent in their work. Whatever they are doing, I personally endorse the work they do to prepare students for the creative challenges of animation programs regardless of school.
Animation study, as rewarding as it is, is very challenging, demanding and often exhausting. Any preparation, especially of the quality of APW is well worth seriously looking into.
Well done guys! Keep them coming!
“The study of gesture is not simply a matter of looking at the movement that the model makes. You must also seek to understand the impulse that exists inside the model and causes the pose which you see.”
Straight to the point, this thought from Kimon Nicolaides is taken from his famous book “The Natural Way To Draw”. Check out these examples of gesture drawings from past APW students who have studied and incorporated gesture drawing into their drawing practise.