Visiting the Illinois Institute of Art

Portfolio Critique with Tim von Rueden and friends

This February, CG Cookie’s Charlie Williams and Tim von Rueden made their way to The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg to meet with a group of sophomore junior students and conduct a portfolio critique session. Joining the regular Thursday evening Portfolio class, Charlie and Tim had an opportunity to meet the students who are just beginning to put together their own first portfolio. Charlie and Tim brought a special guest, an amazing concept artist Pui Che who helped with the portfolio review. [caption id="attachment_159347" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Tim von Rueden (center) and concept artist Pui Che with a group of Art Institute students showing Pui Che’s original drawings.[/caption]   The team reviewed more than 20 student portfolios on a one-to-one basis, offering insight into how to shape the students’ work into a coherent portfolio with a clear focus and a distinct style. “The students enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions and have their work critiqued,” says Charlie who looks forward to coming back this summer and evaluating the students’ progress. At that point, many of them will be seniors, nearing the completion of their program, Media Arts and Animation, Game Art and Design. [caption id="attachment_159348" align="aligncenter" width="515"] Tim von Rueden sat down with the students to review their portfolio and offer advice.[/caption]   At the end of the night, Charlie conducted a raffle and handed out three of Pui Che’s original paintings to the students, as well as the ever-popular CG Cookie t-shirts and two Art of Blender books.
What is portfolio critique all about? If you want some advice from an industry insider on how to structure your portfolio to make the biggest impact, check out an article by Wes Burke, CG Cookie CEO on How to Have a Good Portfolio Show. For informal peer-to-peer feedback on your work, submit your artwork to our Community Forums and find out what others think of your creations.  

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