Hey Lucas, it's not too late to start now. I didn't start working on my life drawing portfolio till the beginning of September. You'll have till December but manage your time well. 4 months is long but it'll be gone before you know it, and no you're not in trouble, just keep going ! Btw you can call me Yon and no worries, Good luck !! :)
Hey Giovanni, Thanks for commending my work ! I'm 23 this year and I'm a freshman at CalArts, but there are a lot of talented students in my class who just got right out of high school and got in here because they have really strong portfolio. So my answer to your question is no, it doesn't matter. A good artist is a good artist and nobody can deny that. It doesn't matter how old you are really, just keep working hard and look at all the accepted student's portfolio. This might sound crazy, but try to TOP all of them. It's not the only way to get accepted, but it's one way to push yourself, and to get into CalArts, you need to work really hard. Don't let that misconception get in your way !!
Giovanna Coutinho said:
I guess you're right - so I'l make sure to keep myself motivated. But right now I'm having some trouble with that - I've been noticing that most people who apply tend to be slightly older, than myself, and thus may have much more practice in more animation-like things (such as character design and all) - something I really, really don't have at this stage. So I'm slightly worried that my abilities as of now will not be enough... or does that not REALLY matter in the end if the portfolio and sketchbook still look good enough? Bleh. I've just got a bad feeling about all of this. xD But thanks for the good luck wish, it's greatly appreciated =)
It's not the end of the world if you don't get in. If you're not good enough, then you're not good enough. There's plenty of other options available out of high school where you can keep doing the right things to eventually get in, so I think that's the type of attitude you should have. I got rejected last year, for example, and it really lit a fire in me.
You should also never feel like you have to "escape life drawing" either. It may look like you're just drawing naked people, but the reality is that life drawing encomposses literally all art forms. It may not seem like it, but life drawing helps with everything.
Erin Loelius said:
It can't hurt to apply, unless it's a financial issue. I didn't apply my senior year of high school and have regretted it ever since! You should go to portfolio reviews (here's a list of where calarts representatives will be: http://calarts.edu/admissions/comestoyou ) and see if they can get you in the right direction in terms of your portfolio. Financially wise, it's good to know that you will always enter in as a freshman, even if you are transferring in as a sophomore or junior from a different college. Good luck if you decide to apply! And you can always ask people here for some portfolio critiques. :)
Thanks a billion! I'll definitely go for it then ^^ I'm going to need the help and support of a lot of people if I want to make it through this. And I'm planning to attend National Portfolio Day, so I'm super psyched for that. I'm even missing the most important competition of the year in band even though I'm a captain just to go xD
Ooooh, I have a question on teacher reccomendations! I'm getting one reccomendation from my art teacher but I don't know if the second one should come from my band teacher (been in band all 4 years of high school) or an academic one (having trouble finding a good teacher D: ).
Thanks again! :) I have a feeling I'm really going to enjoy being a member of this forum. I'm excited!
Sarah Kinney said:
I don't know if these questions have been asked before but can someone please help me? I've been dreaming about calarts for months now and am going to apply for 2012. When are portfolios due? December 1st? And what is the difference between character and experimental animation?
I'm sure someone else can answer this better, but i'll give it a go.
Experimental animation is experimenting with different animation techniques to create your film. If you're not interested in traditional animation storytelling like Disney and are more interested in the creative aspect (eploring mediums like clay, puppet, stop motion, etc. ) This might be the route to take.
Character animation is more industry based. (What animations you see on TV and in movies). It focuses on gesture and the human figure, and is about the acting and storytelling. Think Disney.
So if you're looking to create hand-drawn, character based animations, Character animation's your place.
And yes, the preffered deadline is December 1st.
Hello everyone! Just going to jump in here. I'm 18 and this will be my second time applying to Calarts. I'm really hoping that I can get in this time but I'm not entirely sure my artistic abilities are up to the Calarts standard, and it's already early October and my portfolio is seriously lacking. I am also applying to SVA this year however and eventually one way or another I plan on getting to Calarts.
Not sure how I haven't posted under this topic yet, but here I am now!
I'll also be applying to Calarts for 2012.
I'll be giong to National Portfolio Day in Austin this Saturday, I don't know if I'll see any of you there, but I hope everyone's doing good and working hard!!