Ep.67: Powerful tips for preparing your portfolio with Matt Boismier (Tooninator)

Matt Boismier, also known as Tooninator, is a character designer and animation art director originally from Ontario, now living and working in Vancouver, Canada.

Matt’s father, a fine artist, introduced him to art, and since early childhood, he knew he wanted to have a career only in arts. He studied “tradigital” animation, a combination of traditional and CGI animation, but his dream and goal were always to become a character designer. He built his portfolio with this goal in mind and got jobs in several studios.

He has currently refocused his life on his new project of living more flexible lifestyle under the motto of “Live Life, draw” and is documenting his journey on his YouTube channel.

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Key Takeaways

“Finished is better than perfect. Being naive is the best thing you can do in terms of creation. You can have an impact on so many things by just finishing and putting it out there!”

  • Best lesson Matt got from his father, an artist was actually what he didn’t tell him. He just watched him and his father allowed him to be creative!
  • Matt’s first big gigs came from attending CTNx2011 when he showed his portfolio. He prepared it on an iPad, which was new and his artworks looked very good. He wanted to be a character designer and this goal was very important because you have to create a portfolio for a job you want, otherwise, nobody can place you. If you like more things, create multiple portfolios – e.g. character design and environments, etc.
  • Matt loves passionate people. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well! Doesn’t matter what he did in his previous career he always did it the best he could.
  • Matt is driven by sports and getting outside, nothing to do with arts. It’s amazing how many opportunities he got thanks to this!
  • Matt’s opinion about art books is that they are inherently good resource, but what is tricky is that you are trying to digest all this information before you are capable of understanding it. You have to put in ‘pencil milage’ = fundamentals before you level up. First master one thing and then branch out

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

All artworks by Matt Boismier, used with permission

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