I am currently working on getting together a portfolio. I had no art classes in high school, but am at one of the top community college art transfer programs, in my third semester getting ready to transfer for fall 2013. I really enjoy working conceptually, but I highly value representational. I am currently planning on becoming an illustration major, but am also considering painting.
So... How does one choose the content of their portfolio? Especially for a transfer student attempting to transfer in as close to possible as a first semester junior.
I notice a lot of work from other students' portfolios that I know were not directly observational (i.e. paintings of different time periods, or certain "action poses"), and I'm wondering what sources are used for such pieces. Also, would not including pieces with those elements (meaning elements not at my disposal for direct observation) negatively impact the individual?
I am currently working on 4 series of conceptual work, three of which are direct observation, one is an illustration series. Media used so far includes charcoal, graphite, gouache, and eventually oils. Subjects range from figures, portraits, and interiors/some still life.
Another note on content:
If I am not directly interested in graphic design, would it be useless for me to include my graphic design work thus far if it is strong? What are thoughts on 3D and classwork?