For anyone interested in applying to Capilano's Commercial Animation Program, This is my portfolio that got me admitted into the program.
Figure Drawing - 3 to 5 minute drawings. These were done with a china marker on newsprint. I was focusing on expressive use of line.
Figure Drawing - 3 hour studies - The first two were done in colored pencil on sketch paper. The Other two were done in black and white conte crayon on craft paper. I was focusing on as realistic a representation I could.
Hand Drawings - 20 minutes - These were done in colored pencil on sketch paper, again focusing on as realistic a representation as I could.
Perspective Drawings - These were drawn on location with mechanical pencil using point to point technique. Then, I went home and traced a new drawing over the original sketches using a ruler to place a horizon line and vanishing points to make the perspective theoretically correct. Finally the line work was finished with marker.
Jeno Barcsay's Anatomy for the Artist as a reference to identify the bones and muscles. Using my own arm as a reference allowed me to show my knowledge of anatomy without copying directly from a textbook. It was a humbling exercise because I discovered I did not know the anatomy of the arm as well as I had thought. I have since developed this method of study further and will write about it soon.
Dog Drawings - As with the sketchbook drawings, I worked in ball point pen and ebony graphite pencil on sketch paper. I spend hours drawing in the dog park. Since dogs will not pose for you, I had to learn to capture the basic action of the dog's pose then fill in the rest from imagination. To do this I needed to really know what dogs look like down to the structure and anatomy. Joe Weatherly's The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals was a great help in this. Still, it took me weeks before I could get anything that looked decent.
Joe Weatherly's Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals then applied what I know while observing the animals themselves.