An experiment in layering color and paint strokes.
"You are who you choose to be."
Here’s my piece for the upcoming Iron Giant Mini Tribute Show at A Little Known Shop in Anaheim, CA on September 13th. You can find out more about the show and all of the amazing artists here!
Tens of hundreds of artists in the industry are exhibiting at the event, and many of them are willing to look at your portfolio and give you feedback. It’s polite to introduce yourself, perhaps compliment their work before you ask them if they have a time to look at your portfolio for feedback. Some don’t have the time, but a lot of them do and are willing to take a look. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and I’ve never encountered anyone who wasn’t nice in return whenever I asked for feedback.
Also, many studios and colleges/online schools have booths that do portfolio reviews. There’s usually a line (and in the case of Disney, signups), but it’s worth doing to get as much feedback as you can. Even if your portfolio isn’t necessarily ready for some of the studios, all of the people at the different booths are very kind with giving constructive feedback.
The character design test was just that - a design test. The designers at Nick (and in many places) only use linework on a daily basis and very rarely paint their one designs - that’s where a color stylist comes in. My strength definitely is with color, so me painting the character was an opportunity to show my abilities in an area I was really passionate about and that risk paid off.
Not all studios split the job duties between designers and painters/color stylists, but I think this goes back to, again, the importance of knowing the job (and company) that you’re applying for and the duties that they’ll expect you to fulfill on a daily basis.
"And now, I understand.
"So do I. Thanks a lot, Simon."
Simon and Nia
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