Do I stand a chance?

<p>I'm a junior at the mo.I still have about a year to apply.
I'm trying to improve my traditional drawings,I'm not really good at them.
I'm mostly applying to UCLA,VCU,MICA etc.
Take a look at my portfolio: Sudarshan</a> Ashok Digital Showcase
Its not completed yet.I'm just looking for a few tips on where to improve.
I'm looking to do the Graphic/Media/Communication design course.</p>

<p>Here are my traditional drawings.
I've tried to do something new with every drawing</p>

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<p>I know the drawings are pretty bad..
But how do colleges look at portfolios like mine? Do I stand a chance?
I'm an international student,so GPA doesn't apply to me.
I've done an internship at a design studio which designs movie posters and a poster I worked on was used for a movie.I'm working at an online advertising agency now (part time)</p>

<p>I believe there may be a few art schools that only require around 5 drawings from observation and then, you can have other things in your portfolio. Many schools accept examples of work in a large variety of mediums and would probably take many of the examples in your online portfolio. Maybe you should talk to an admissions counselors at the schools you're applying to make sure of that though. </p>

<p>Also, the drawings are not great, but it's a start. I would advise you to take a drawing class at a college, art school, or at your high school. I know that I've really enjoyed taking college level art classes and they REALLY improved my drawing ability. Do online tutorials, use books, and practice consistently to improve your drawing. However, I don't think that drawings have to be the majority of your portfolio. You have a year to get better with the drawing. </p>

<p>That said, I really like your portfolio. Give the schools a call and speak to an admissions counselor about what types of art you may include in your portfolio. I would think that you could use most of your artwork.</p>

<p>I'm not gonna lie; your weakness in drawing puts you in a pretty bad spot. But looking at your gallery, it's clear you have a pretty good noggin on your shoulders, so you still have hope.</p>

<p>First off, you need to start taking art classes asap, and you need to take them seriously. (Pun not intended. D:) What I mean by that is you should be there a minimum of 3-4 days per week, and you should be living there over the next summer. Like really. At least 8 hours a day in the summer, minimum. You'd be amazed how much one person can improve from a single summer of flat-out working his/her ass to the bone. </p>

<p>Second, try incorporating a lot of different mediums in your work. Extend into 3D. Some kinds of conceptual sculpture are amazingly fast and turn out looking really nice without any need for technical skill. Some guy in my art class at school came out with a really cool piece in just a few school periods. He just busted up one of those old box computers with a hammer, pulled out some of the nifty-looking insides and propped them up around the top of the computer (since the wires were still attached), stuck a bunch of branches and flowers in, and spray-painted the entire thing white. That thing looked pretty amazing for just a couple hours of work. You could try something similar. (Don't copy though...there's so many ideas, just think a few up.) Go outside and pick up cool-looking things and play around with them.</p>

<p>Also, try using drawings in which viewers will pay less attention to your technique and more to your idea. An example would be your 4th picture, with the triangles. I actually really like that piece, and would not consider it out of place in some of the strongest portfolios I've seen. Tbh, it's one of the strongest pieces I've ever seen in a portfolio, simply due to the originality of it. And the way you drew it looks completely intentional too. </p>

<p>Lastly, look for things that are drawn pretty easily but end up looking nice. Add a LOT of contrast; make darks and lights clearly visible, and consider using really visible and dramatic marks rather than smoothing everything out. This can make a simple observational piece really dynamic and can show a lot of energy and artistic courage.</p>