An artist, no matter what type of work you do, will at some point need a killer portfolio. I recently pieced mine together. You want to put all of your creativity into your portfolio, show incredible workmanship and present your work well.
First, the story of my "book" and a break down my thought process ... in an illustration form of course. Then more tips and material ideas after the graphic.
Pioneer 12-Inch-By-12-Inch 2-Tone Cover Scrapbook Binder, Black on Brown
Tips and Tricks
• Your portfolio should tell a story. The story of your career, work, and what you hope for in the future.
• A strong and simple layout is important. You want the work to stand out, nothing else quite as much.
• Any text, descriptions or labels that you may choose to include should be tightly written copy, spelled correctly and grammatically sound. This is very important. If you think you'll need dates and specific details about a work, consider using some kind of labels.
• Consider works that fit your audience. If you're talking to a firm that does a lot of a certain type of work, then make sure you have an example of that.
• Show your range, but make sure it's all work that you'd be willing to do again. That's the kind of work you're likely to get with your presentation.
• Materials and work should be as high quality as possible within your budget
• Consider a flow that starts and ends with the best works for maximum impact. Make sure the flow from piece to piece has contrast. You don't want all of your presentation running together. Each turn of the page should be a new surprise for the viewer.
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