Practice. I used to set up stuff to draw still life when I was in middle and high school, just random collections of objects.
Take a lot of time. Look at what you are drawing/painting really well, examine it from all angles, be able to 'feel' it in your head. Observe details.
Don't think of it as "I'm going to do a still life" or "I'm going to do a portrait", think "I'm going to observe and learn how to draw these things so I will be able to do it later for an original purpose".
Blackrosekane89Featured By OwnerNov 8, 2012Professional General Artist
I'm confused... school is suppose to be teaching you those things before you get to the portfolio part. I'm in school and it doesn't get to the portfolio until the end of the sesmester. Focusing on a portfolio before you can do the work seems a bit premature to me.
They're right. The answer is hard work and practice. Draw by looking at someone and drawing them. Get feedback by posting thumbnails in the Deviation Thumbshares section if you want it. Do a ton of work and then select the best one(s). You may be able to find free or inexpensive life drawing groups near you by doing an internet search. Otherwise here are some reference and figure drawing websites: human anatomy for artists:[link] small images are free/ large images available with membership human comic art reference photos:[link] huge professional photo reference site lovecastle:[link] male, female, big cats, horses, hands, heads pixelovely:[link] people and animals PoseManiacs:[link] anatomical drawing references Quickposes:[link] nude photos for figure drawing Zvork Virtual Lighting:[link] interactive lighting on 3d human models
Also consult the website for the art school if you need any specific info about their portfolio requirements.