Heya folks and welcome to a bit of a nibble (Or maybe a tapa-sized portion) of some important Food for Thought! While I did not choose to go to art school, I pride myself in kind-of-sort-of being in the know for how to get into art schools. And what’s one of the most common pieces of information/advice that I hear often? Do not include fan art in your portfolio. And honestly, I agree with that: when trying to apply for an art school make sure you showcase what YOU can do with your own skills, let YOUR own creativity show itself to your portfolio panelists!
However, that does not mean that budding artists should avoid all fanart. While your Miss Norris x Crookshanks ship picture may not be suitable to get into Pratt, by no means should you deprive yourself of fan art and the fun that comes with drawing in homage to all those quirky things that you like. In fact, for all you budding artisites out there listen up: fan art can actually be a helpful tool–when it comes to fleshing out your sense of character design.