Portfolio Requirements for Character Animation

Your portfolio should represent you as an artist and include your best work. It is important that we see a good demonstration of your skills within all the different categories listed below.

We only accept digital portfolios in the form of a link which should be included in your letter of intention attached to your application via website www.optagelse.dk.

We ask that all portfolios are well organized and are clearly divided or separated into the categories listed below. There is a minimum and maximum amount of drawings for each category; we recommend that the applicant aims to have a few more drawings than the minimum requirements. You can freely choose the medium of your drawings – traditional or digital; however, it is good to see your skills in both mediums. We also ask that your name and contact information are easy to find and that you put a copy of your letter of intention on your blog as well.

We suggest using Blogspot, Tumblr or online PDFs and that you consider the size of your images and other posts so that it loads easily and quickly. We will not accept portfolios using Facebook, DeviantArt galleries (DeviantArt portfolios are fine) or Flickr. We recommend uploading videos on Vimeo and posting images no larger than 2MB to reduce loading time. Most importantly, is has to be simple to navigate. Please also make sure that your blog, link or website functions properly.

Please note:
We will disregard:
  • Applications handed in later than March 15 at 12 noon Danish time
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications which do not provide a functioning links to a portfolio (if you want to password protect your portfolio, you must write the password next to the link in the letter of intention).
  • Applications with portfolios that are incomplete or not organized according to the required categories

Content requirements for Character Animation
  1. Drama and acting (min. 8 - max. 15 different poses/expressions): Drawings in this category should depict characters expressing a specific emotion or feeling. From reading the character's body language, the viewer should be able to clearly determine the character’s mood or feelings. We recommend you depict two characters relating to one another in a scene. Characters should vary in personality, form, shape, and color.

  2. Movement (min. 6 - max. 15 drawings/different scenarios): Drawings in this category should depict characters that are in motion—walking, jumping, dancing or doing sports, for example. In short, any situation where the character is in movement. Proportion and dynamic posing should be taken into consideration.

  3. Storytelling (min. 8 - max. 30 panels/drawings; a panel is like a TV screen): Create a sequence of drawings that visually tells a story or a sequence of events. Consider composition, camera angle and posing of the character to tell the story without the use of text.

  4. Life drawings: long studies (min. 2 - max 4 drawings),croquis (min. 10 – max. 15 drawings): Drawings in this category should include formal life drawing with models, and can include drawings of people in real life situations - sketches. It may include drawings of animals as well. It is important that drawings show proper anatomy, size proportions, and an understanding of shape, body dynamics and weight of the figure. We recommend drawing from real life, not drawing from photographs.

  5. Perspective (min. 4 - max. 6 drawings): Drawings in this category include environments, buildings or landscapes that demonstrate an understanding of the principles of perspective. This may include classic studies of perspective, but at least one drawing should use perspective of an object within an environment.

  6. Freestyle (min. 8 - max. 12 drawings): Submit some of your best imaginative character based drawings which show us your favourite drawing style(s), highlighting your personal and unique abilities. It is a plus to show versatility and range in drawing style.

  7. Optional: You are welcome to include links or additional categories work outside of our requirements, like animations, illustrations, story ideas, pages from your sketchbook, creative projects you have been involved with or any graphical work you have produced.