How to Make an Artist Portfolio

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An artist portfolio should include a few pieces of art that illustrate the diversity of the artist, a brief biography and a resume that includes work experience. Create a simple artist portfolio to present to schools or clients with creative tips from a professional illustrator in this free video on drawing.

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Joel Dickerson, Today we're going to talk about how to create an artists portfolio. I guess the main thing that you want to consider is not giving the client or the school, or whoever you're presenting your portfolio, not giving them too much. Keep it simple. When you create your portfolio, go ahead and put everything that you're really proud of and that you really like into your portfolio, and then you can customize the portfolio to the job that you are actually going after. At the front of your portfolio, you're going to want to a biography. Something that a, short and sweet, tells a little bit about you, about your background, your work experience, history, etcetera. And then after that, it'll depend on where you're going. If you're going to a book publisher, you're going to want to put in current examples of thing that you have published, or things that you'd like to get published, or something that you feel is is suitable to that publisher. If it's an ad agency, you are probably going to want to put logos, photo work, spreads, any kind of mechanical work you've done down those lines. If it's an art school, you're going to want to put a a variety of examples of everything you can do because they want, they're looking for a broad range of talent that they can develop. Other than that, remember to keep it simple, only put your good stuff in there...only the stuff that you really like and you're really proud of and it a applies to the client you're going after. Don't put a "before and after." Don't put what you drew when you were two years old. Nobody wants to see that 'cept your mom and and a go in there with an upbeat attitude and know that you can get that job, but as far as your portfolio goes, don't put too much in it and the current is always best. And that's pretty much the best advice I can give ya. Keep it simple.


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