Drawings from observation are encouraged but not required. Try to include at least three drawings from direct observation, demonstrating a proficient use of line and value to render space and form.
Drawing from observation means working directly from a real object, environment, or person (not from a photograph, a magazine, or copied from a reproduction of another artist's work).
The best drawings are:
- familiar objects (still life)
- figure drawings
- interior/exterior environments
Observational drawing is an important part of your portfolio and should reflect some diversity in subject matter and media such as graphite, charcoal, conte crayon, pastels, colored pencil, or pen and ink.
A painting from direct observation could take the place of a drawing in your portfolio.
Other Art Forms
- Designs – This can include any two-dimensional artwork or graphic designs, such as logos, cover designs, and posters. While craftsmanship is important and expected, the concept takes precedence.
- Digital Media – This could include digital imaging, digital video, computer animation, interactive art, net-based projects, and digital drawings.
- Paintings – Media that can be considered include oils, acrylics, and watercolor, as well as any mixed-media pieces.
- Photography – This includes black-and-white, color, or digital photography. When selecting photographs, consider idea, composition, and lighting along with color or value. What makes your composition creative and unique?
- Printmaking – This could include work done in the processes of intaglio, lithography, relief printmaking, serigraphy (silkscreen), and monoprints.
- Three-Dimensional Artwork – This could include work done in the areas of ceramics, glass, fibers, metals, and sculpture and may also include functional objects and furniture design.