I didn’t apply for CCS, but here is what I submitted to KCAD liiiiike 6 years ago? 7 years ago?? Wow these drawings are so old, don’t look at them for too long ok
I did four traditional drawings from life, practicing different mediums (Charcoal, graphite, colored pencil and a couple of those hands were ink) and different styles. They really liked that I did these drawings in my own time and that none of them were classwork. They also like that I practiced hands, they like to see an interest in figure drawing as well as still life, but it really depends on what you plan on majoring in. I also did a portrait from a deviantart stock photo in colored pencil, but I can’t find any pictures of that one!
I also submitted a few pieces that represented the general type of art that I was interested in making at the time, which, way back when, was vector traces. I also drew a lot a lot a lot of anime, but I left those out of my portfolio for fear I wouldn’t be taken seriously. I think that was a good choice.
Pretty much, when I decided I was ready to try out applying to art school, I buckled down and got to work. I didn’t consider pursuing art as a career until I was like 20, and I think it was good that I waited, because by the time I applied and enrolled I was pretty focused on what I wanted out of my education and career. I had never liked doing still lives in high school, but I remember doing these in preparation for something exciting, going to college, was really fun.
Most schools have portfolio guidelines on their websites, so I would check those out and try to prepare stuff that not only meets their guidelines, but kind of represents yourself and your interests.
I have a cold, and I’m pretty hopped up on dayquil so I hope this made sense and helped!