Most students making a portfolio to apply to Art School, try really really hard to make their Self Portrait look like a photograph- but we’ve seen over and over how Art School Admissions Counselors really love the more unusual and expressive Self Portraits.
Like the drawing made by an Ashcan student below- where he drew a self portrait from a very unique perspective, doing something very unexpected. It’s fun- it’s mysterious, it’s drawn really well, the composition is great, and MOST IMPORTANTLY- it makes you curious about the artist and what his other work is like.
This Ashcan student used collage elements as well as drawing to make this Outstanding self portrait. She used a nice clear and expressive color palette, typography, and you can sense her style and edgy femininity. You can see a flip through of her whole portfolio here: on YouTube
Or this one that moves!!
Some of the reasons this is an Outstanding Art Portfolio piece-
- It moves!! She make a Self Portrait gif! She kept one element the same – and changed out the just the head in a series of drawings.
- You get a sense of her personality- from the elements she chose to draw in place of her head, her clothing, the mood, and the idea that there’s a mask- or something being revealed to the viewer.
- It’s unusual – she used movement, unusual elements, narrative, mystery and to create this Self Portrait.
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