Creating Your Portfolio

Animation portfolios should contain a different kind of art sample than a regular portfolio. Sure, a director like Jeffrey Lynch wants to see your fully rendered life drawings (for a character animator) or nicely detailed landscape paintings (for a background artist), but what he wants to see even more are your quick pen sketches—anything that can show him body language, acting. In animation, every picture must literally tell a story. Your portfolio should show that you can draw those kinds of pictures, and do it quickly.

Being able to capture weight, emotion, and attitude in either human or animal characters is a plus. Bring your sketchbook because a director will probably want to see it. And don't be afraid of not having people who look just like people. It's okay, maybe even preferred, to be a bit "cartoony." After all, this is animation, and th-th-th-that's all, folks.

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