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Building An Efficient Portfolio

#10 weeks centered around the creation of three illustrations based on a project of yours, from sketches to final renders. Mentor and mentee will meet once a week through webcams for an hour and communicate through email in between each session. We will assess together what you need to *build a coherent and efficient portfolio*. It should obviously combine *powerful concepts and striking visuals* but also the right balance of variety.   #Candidate selection This mentorship is not about teaching the basics of fundamentals techniques, you'll have to have a fair understanding of drawing, composition, color. This also means you need to come up with a concept for your project, with some basic core ideas regarding the *rules and logic of the world* you want your project to take place into. You'll also have to present the *main characters* of your story. Even though this is not meant to be a character design mentorship, the images will always feature them. Learning all that would obviously take more than ten hours and would not fit the format of this mentorship. The more you give me to work with, the more I'll be able to give back, I am looking for **motivated** and **dedicated** students to work with. Ten weeks is not a lot to cover all the ground we'll have to explore, so be prepared to work hard. I won't be able to take several mentees at once so I'll select only candidate that meet these criteria.   #Program ### Week 1 : introduction This first contact is meant to layout the schedule in front of us: -assessing your project, the strengths and weaknesses of your current portfolio -a pitch of your project in your own words : what is the world, who are the main characters and what is the basic story. This will help us to define the three pieces you'll work on during the mentorship. They will need to be strong individually and different enough to present a good variety. - A detailed assignment regarding the first image ###Week 2-9 : Every week you will receive - A *one hour webcam conversation* centered around the feedback of last week's assignment - An *assignment for the upcoming week* based on your progress - Help through email if you struggle with a specific part of the assignment ###Week 10 : wrapping up I'll share with you tips to put together and present your portfolio in a clear and efficient manner. We'll also talk about the best way to put it on the world map to get noticed.      


  • CategoryMentorship
  • Level requiredIntermediate


  • Concept Art
  • Animation
  • VFX
  • Directing
  • VR / AR
  • Matte Painting
  • 3D
  • Sketching
  • Illustration
  • Traditional Painting
  • Character Design
  • Semi Realistic Cartoon
  • Business side of Art
  • Comic Art

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Other

Reviews (2)

  • AM

    I am really happy about this mentorship, Nicolas is actually interested in helping us evolve and solve what blocks us. He is patient and adjusts himself to one’s rhythm of work or needs. He is easy to talk to and makes people comfortable. And of course when you just love his style and wish to improve your design skills it is just a pleasure to see him do a mini demo on your rough sketch to make them come to life. I can’t recommend his mentorship enough

    Alexandra MNovember 2020

  • Tory Polska

    Nicolas is a professional artist, who can not only help you become better artist by showing how to improve this particular artwork, but who can force you (in a good way) to get one step higher in general. With his support and individual approach, we achieved great results. If you are looking for a chance to become stronger artist, who knows how to achieve their goal - Nicolas is a great mentor to help you!

    Tory PJuly 2020