Making A Successful Portfolio

I get a lot of questions about what goes into making a good portfolio, and while there are many different opinions on the subject, Ty Carter (a Visual Development Artist at Blue Sky Studios) has compiled some really useful information about crafting a portfolio on his blog. Definitely worth reading! And I think this topic is going to be a series of discussions on his blog - so follow his tumblr to catch all the useful tips!

First time using gouache. Documenting as motivation to keep going. Hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.

First time using gouache. Documenting as motivation to keep going. Hopefully tomorrow will be more successful.

Some people-watching sketches from this weekend. I’ve been so busy at work, the blog has been reduced to Instgram sketches (Instasketches?) - but there are new paintings coming soon!

Some people-watching sketches from this weekend. I’ve been so busy at work, the blog has been reduced to Instgram sketches (Instasketches?) - but there are new paintings coming soon!

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!
Also, I’ve been answering some very good questions over on my question and answer blog Ask Sam Sketch lately - check it out! I get a lot of e-mails with people’s questions (which I am always happy to answer), but many of those questions are already answered on the Q&A blog. :)

Instagram sketchbook roundup! Some various sketches from the last few weeks - mostly observational sketches and some film studies. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, this is old news - sorry!

Also, I’ve been answering some very good questions over on my question and answer blog Ask Sam Sketch lately - check it out! I get a lot of e-mails with people’s questions (which I am always happy to answer), but many of those questions are already answered on the Q&A blog. :)

Last weekend, Gilbert and I celebrated out 3rd anniversary. It has become something of a tradition for us to celebrate our anniversary at a California mission (I don’t know why, we just do) - and this year we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. Gilbert and I both love missions, and it was a beautiful day. So, today for my warm-up, I cranked out this little painting. I was also very excited to try out the photoshop brushes I recently downloaded from Kyle Webster - they are so much fun and this painting was done with several of them. I definitely recommend you buy them - they are a great deal for super high quality art brushes. 

Last weekend, Gilbert and I celebrated out 3rd anniversary. It has become something of a tradition for us to celebrate our anniversary at a California mission (I don’t know why, we just do) - and this year we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano. Gilbert and I both love missions, and it was a beautiful day. So, today for my warm-up, I cranked out this little painting. I was also very excited to try out the photoshop brushes I recently downloaded from Kyle Webster - they are so much fun and this painting was done with several of them. I definitely recommend you buy them - they are a great deal for super high quality art brushes. 

Haven’t done this in a while - sketchbook roundup! These were mostly done on public transit - it seems sketching on trains is the only sketching time I get in these days. I’m working on some personal paintings this week also - (first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do that too!) - so hopefully I can share those with everyone soon. Cheers!

Haven’t done this in a while - sketchbook roundup! These were mostly done on public transit - it seems sketching on trains is the only sketching time I get in these days. I’m working on some personal paintings this week also - (first time in a long time that I’ve been able to do that too!) - so hopefully I can share those with everyone soon. Cheers!

This June I’ll be speaking at Valio Con design conference - I hope to see you there! http://valiocon.com/ 

"Valio Con is the FUN conference. This is our fourth annual conference, and each year it gets better and better. Our goal is to inspire you to create and build amazing things.

The conference is on the beach in San Diego, California. We can’t think of a better place to connect with friends, old and new, than in a relaxed beach environment with sunny walks on the warm sand, and inspiring talks from people doing amazing things. 

You’ll hear talks from people who are ‘doers’ and risk-takers. They’ll be sharing their inspiring stories on how they’ve built their own products, services and projects.

Register now!

Happy New Year! 2013 was a wild ride; hopefully 2014 will be just as sweet, but maybe a little quieter… 

Happy New Year! 2013 was a wild ride; hopefully 2014 will be just as sweet, but maybe a little quieter… 

A work-break doodle that turned into a self-indulgent self-portrait.

A work-break doodle that turned into a self-indulgent self-portrait.

Some examples of the many character paint/textures I did for Cloudy 2! Cloudy has this unique look that really plays with using flat textures on CG objects. It was a lot of fun to work with. Characters designed by Andre Medina and Craig Kellman.

Some examples of the many character paint/textures I did for Cloudy 2! Cloudy has this unique look that really plays with using flat textures on CG objects. It was a lot of fun to work with. Characters designed by Andre Medina and Craig Kellman.

This color key (designed by the awesome Aaron Spurgeon) was one of my favorite color keys to paint… even if it did make me really, really hungry. Actually, being inspired to eat because of this movie was sort of an occupational hazard. This color key is a pan, meant to start at the bottom with the characters and pan upward to reveal the cheese spider. I enjoy how deliciously dramatic it turned out… even if the burger looks a little cheesy. (Ha!)

This color key (designed by the awesome Aaron Spurgeon) was one of my favorite color keys to paint… even if it did make me really, really hungry. Actually, being inspired to eat because of this movie was sort of an occupational hazard. This color key is a pan, meant to start at the bottom with the characters and pan upward to reveal the cheese spider. I enjoy how deliciously dramatic it turned out… even if the burger looks a little cheesy. (Ha!)

All artwork © Samantha Kallis 2014

A lady illustrator and vis-dev artist living and working in lovely little Los Angeles.