Portfolio requirements for Graphic Storytelling

Your portfolio should represent you as an artist and storyteller and include your best work.

Portfolio format

The portfolio is all about you giving us the clearest picture possible of who you are as a visual storyteller, so make sure you highlight every part of your skillset.

The portfolio must be submitted in a single .PDF file – a template is available for download here.

Please note that all dialogue and other text must be written in English.

Sequential storytelling (10 – 18 pages total)

Create two comics that comply with the requirements detailed below. For both, the key is to show us that you are able to tell stories and convey information through the medium of comics. We’re especially looking for work where:

  • Writing, design, drawing style, etc. form a cohesive whole
  • Individual images are clear, expressive and well-composed
  • Panel-to-panel progressions, as well as page layouts, read clearly while also supporting what you're trying to say

First comic: Non-fiction (4 – 6 pages)

A comics-explainer on a phenomenon, event, or person that fascinates you. It could be objective, maybe even academic, it could be an impassioned call to action, it could be a philosophical treatise with pictures – anything you like, as long as it's comprehensible, truthful and compelling. Also:

  • It must include dialogue and/or captions
  • Autobiography is not allowed
  • It has to be a complete story or piece
  • It can be executed with any tools – from pencils to pens to digital – and in any style you like, but the pages must be finished. Color is optional.

Second comic: Fiction (6 – 12 pages)

A fiction short story, where style, genre, theme etc. is completely up to you. Try to create something you would want to read! Keep in mind that:

  • If you have a bigger story in mind than you can fit into this page count, make sure to present us with a satisfying chunk of it – even if you see your story as a prologue to something larger, it should still make sense on its own.
  • As with the first comic, it can be executed in any style and with any tools that you like, but the pages must be complete and finished. Color is optional.

World Building (text + min. 12 drawings)

Create a unique fictional universe that you believe could be the setting for interesting stories. It can be entirely fantastical, set in the future or some alternate universe, or it can be almost like our own world with some crucial twist(s) - or somewhere in between. The less it feels like something we've seen plenty of times before, the better.

Text

  • Write a brief text (no more than 2000 characters with spaces) explaining what this universe is and how it works. Try to give us a sense of what makes it different from others we've seen - what its 'unique selling point' is.
  • Briefly describe how this universe could be utilized on 3 different media platforms of your choosing (max 1000 characters w/ spaces in total). Maybe you imagine a computer game taking place there, or a TV, comics or kid’s book series, or a toy line – what kind of game/series/toys/etc. would they be?
  • Create at least 3 characters who could inhabit this universe and write a brief bio for each one (max 500 characters w/ spaces per bio).
  • Write brief synopses for at least 3 stories that could be set in the universe (max 1000 characters w/ spaces per synopsis). Depending on what kind of media you’ve described above, imagine you're outlining three TV series episodes or comic book issues or computer game quests – whatever the case may be.

Drawings

  • 3+ drawings showing key environments in your universe - what does it look like?
  • 3+ character drawings, one per characters, each showing the character doing something that's characteristic of who they are.
  • 3+ creature or prop drawings, depending on what's particularly salient to show from your universe.
  • 2+ illustrations where you bring characters, creatures/props and environments together and give us a sense of the overall tone and atmosphere of the stories you want to tell in this universe. Think of them as promotional images for a film/game/toy line, splash pages from a comic, illustrations from a book set in your universe or whatever might be relevant for your universe and choice of media.

Life drawing (min. 8 drawings)

Drawings from life of naked human bodies, using whatever tools you like. We like to see a mix of everything from detailed studies to quick sketches. The point of these drawings is to demonstrate a good understanding of the anatomy, proportions, gesture and weight of the human figure.

Story (max. 2500 characters with spaces)

Write a childhood memory that could be used as the basis for a comic. It should be in prose text, not script form. In this category, you must show your abilities as a storyteller. We focus on your ability to structure your story and make it compelling.

Optional

This is where you can include additional work that didn't fit into the above categories, but still helps to show who you are creatively: drawings, animation, story ideas, graphic design, and other creative projects.

Also, should you have relevant recommendations or references and wish to include them in your portfolio, this is the place to put them.