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!
“Don’t worry about a style. It will creep up on you and eventually you will have to undo it in order to go further. Be like a river and accept everything.”—A wonderful article: Gary Panter’s Drawing Tips (via the Drawn blog). Definitely worth a read for artists!
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—― Chuck Close (via maisonimmonen)