Landscapes and Still Lifes don’t have to be boring —

Landscapes and Still Lifes don’t have to be boring —

Landscape and Still Life paintings or drawings are important to have in your art portfolio, but they don't have to be straight forward. You can show your originality and your own style and interests like here- where she's using a consistent color palette throughout her portfolio, and adding elements that are surreal/abstracted, also consistent with the [...]

Do you want to make conceptual work for your portfolio?

Do you want to make conceptual work for your portfolio?

There are standard things that art school admissions counselors want to see in your art portfolio, like a self portrait, landscape, a still life- but if you want to- you can and should include conceptual work as well. Like this work in progress- conceptual work pushes the boundaries of what art should be, it’s where you let go [...]

ACCEPTED! Alice’s Portfolio got her into: Art Center, SVA and RISD!

ACCEPTED! Alice’s Portfolio got her into: Art Center, SVA and RISD!

Ashcan student Alice's outstanding portfolio got her into Art Center, SVA and RISD's Illustration Programs! Here's some portfolio examples of Alice's work: Ashcan Studio’s students produce a cohesive series of artworks using conventional and unconventional material in innovative ways. This is important because your portfolio of artwork is evidence of your artistic skills and concepts. [...]

Need Help?

Need Help?

At Ashcan we can help you prepare for the RISD Assignment The Assignment Choose one of the following three prompt options and create two responses using any medium you prefer (no restrictions). We consider this assignment to be as much about process as presentation and encourage you to consider your submissions as exercises in experimental [...]

NEW Concept Design and Illustration Program!

NEW Concept Design and Illustration Program!

What you'll learn in this 34 Week Program: Develop fundamental knowledge and skills as a digital artist through 3 semesters. Semester 1: Foundations in Digital Art Analytical Figure Drawing Perspective (Dynamic Angle) Character Design Introduction to Photoshop Light and Shadow Color Theory Semester 2: Advanced Technical Skill & Basic World Building 2d Matte Painting Visual [...]