Guidelines for Observational Drawing
- Draw from observation of objects, scenes, still lives, landscapes and people. Include descriptive or representational drawings of your surrounding environment.
- Include accurate line drawings and examples of fully rendered compositions using a complete range of light, middle and dark values.
- Any medium is acceptable for these drawings, including but not limited to: charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, paint, pastel, colored pencil and digital rendering.
Guidelines for Imagination Drawing
- When submitting original character drawings, include the surrounding environment you envision them working, playing and living in.
- Character development should incorporate your own unique style as opposed to copying a pre-existing style (i.e. anime or manga).
- You may combine one or more reference sources in combination when creating your own unique image. Copied images are not acceptable.
- If submitting your own original inventions or concept design (i.e. products, fashion, transportation or furniture) you may include sketches, background research and inspiration used to develop them. Show us your thinking process!
Suggested assignments for those with little to no art background or portfolio for admission
A minimum of 8 to 12 pieces are still required for admission. You may complete any of these suggested assignments multiple times.
- 2 Dimensional Design project:Use a camera to create the following:
- A portrait of how you see yourself.
- A portrait of how others (or “the world”) sees you.
- Documentation of your environment and how you interpret your environment.
- Three Dimensional Design project:
- Create a 3D sculpture from a variety of found objects or materials that you are drawn to. Explore color, texture, form and message. Photograph it in its environment.
- Create a mask that transforms the wearer into a whole new character, creature or world.
- Written project: Create a distress / “SOS” or “message in a bottle” letter. Contact the Admissions Office for more suggestions.