Portfolio requirements for Graphic Storytelling

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

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.

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

Sequential storytelling (10 – 18 pages)

Attach two stories in comic form 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. The individual elements (writing, design, drawing style, etc.) should work together, the individual images should be well-composed, and panel-to-panel progressions as well as page layouts should read clearly while also supporting what you're trying to say.

First story (4 – 6 pages)

A non-fiction comic dealing with a topic that fascinates you. It could be journalistic in nature, the comics equivalent of a news story or background article, it could be biographical or autobiographical, dealing with real-life events in your life or someone else's. As long as it's as truthful and compelling as you can make it, the format and theme is up to you. Also:

  • It must include dialogue and/or captions
  • 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 story (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! If you have a bigger story in mind than you can fit into this page count, try to present us with a satisfying chunk of it - if you see your story as a prologue to something larger, make sure it still makes sense on its own. As with the first story, it can be executed in any style and with any tools that you like (and color is optional), but the pages must be complete and finished.

World Building (text + min. 12 drawings)

Create a unique fictional universe which 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 w/ spaces) explaining what this universe is and how it works. Try to give us a sense of what makes this universe 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 w/ 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, animations, story ideas, graphic design, and other creative projects.

PLEASE NOTE: The requirements for the portfolio format is changed: As of 2019, we require you to send your portfolio in a SINGLE PDF FILE.The template is now available for download here.