I have a few questions about art portfolios. I am currently preparing work to submit as an art supplement for Vassar, Connecticut College, and Brown. I am a bit nervous because in all honesty, I am a very traditional graphite pencil, charcoal, and colored-pencil artist; I also use ink and occasionally acrylics/ watercolors, but not for an entire piece - mostly just for accents or backgrounds. I have never taken an advanced art class besides "Intro to Art" in the last semester of my sophomore year (I would have taken more if I could have, but seniors were given priority and I ended up enrolling in an early college program for my junior and senior years of high school, which sadly does not incorporate art into its curriculum). SO with that info, here are my questions...
1) I am most skilled in realism, but I know the "tight" nature of this kind of style often prevents me from deliberately taking risks/ being more loose in my work. On the other hand, that is kind of my style. I am incredibly detail-oriented and don't necessarily feel comfortable slapping some paint down and splattering glitter and what not (although I definitely appreciate those who can, and also would like to learn how to do this!!). I don't have a teacher guiding me through this process, but I have read plenty of articles and all of them stress using different mediums and taking risks. As I approach these art supplement deadlines, I am trying to take risks as is recommended, but sometimes I feel like I am not staying true to myself as an artist, given how hard I am trying. So, my rambling basically amounts to this question: do you think the schools I am applying to will "detract points" due to the lack of variability in the mediums/ styles I am using?
2) I am not a painter... but I have never actively pursued painting. It just was never as appealing to me as drawing. I could throw together some paintings, and they might be decent, but again, I feel like I'm not being true to myself when I force myself to create art in a certain way. So, will the lack of paintings (and overabundance of drawings) be a turn-off?
Some final info on myself! I think most would consider me a relatively strong applicant, although Brown is definitely a stretch (My ACT is a 32). Relative to the rest of my application, how important is an arts supplement? I'm sure it varies from school to school, but if anyone has some insight, it would be much appreciated!
Thank you in advance!