Ep.41: How to prepare your portfolio for Disney with Julia Blattman (jbdraws)

Julia is an Academy of Art University graduate residing in Burbank, California. Since January 2016, she has been a Concept Artist at Disney Interactive where she assists in designing characters and backgrounds for Disney’s mobile games.

In her illustrations, she likes to be on the whimsical side; most interested in color, shapes, and storytelling. She has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York, as well as participating for four years in Academy of Art’s annual Spring Show. Julia’s work has been published by Spectrum 23 Fantastic Art, 3DTotalPublishing “Beyond Art Fundamentals – A Guide to Emotion, Mood, and Storytelling”, and Simon and Schuster Publishing.

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Julia has been a visual development artist on an unreleased animated short film with a group of passionate artists, a team called SOBA. The film had its first trailer debuting at CTN Animation Expo in November 2016.

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Key Takeaways

“Never stop learning, keep it up! Even if you feel burnt out, it’s OK, don’t drop your passion, just keep it up!”

  • Julia thinks that if you start directly with Photoshop, there is something missing … you should really try painting outside
  • The biggest turning point for Julia was a week before graduation. A friend who was interning at Disney Interactive recommended her for the next open position for Concept Art. She did the interview through Skype and got accepted
  • Portfolio for Disney?
    • Julia took some tips from teachers and took portfolio prep classes in her final year, to know which works to include, for example showing the steps, ugly stages and the final product Showing a wide range of characters, backgrounds and showed you are specializing in something
  • Strengths/weaknesses building? Julia knows about her weaknesses and character design is not her strong suit, so she has been going to figure drawing workshops, relearning the basics.

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Special thanks to Julia for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Julia Blattman, used with permission

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