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How To Build Your Art Portfolio

Updated on September 19, 2010

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Building Your Own Art Portfolio

When deciding what is best to showcase your artwork in your portfolio, it is best to decide what it is that will bring in potential clients that will broaden your scope as an artist or designer in your chosen field.

Try arranging your portfolio space into sections, starting from basic quality sketches up to finished paintings or digital work and build from there, ideally you want to have current work that is of a high standard if you want to proceed and get commissioned on a regular basis and so you use your portfolio as an up to date showcase of current work that you have created or used for other clients.

I myself am constantly adding to and refining my own portfolio making it more easy to just browse through with labels at the tops of each page in their respected sections and with a small cover sheet at the beginning giving my name and contact details for the future clients reference, with also a short summary of my past design work if any etc.

You can include a cv or resume, but only if it is current and relevant to your commission proposal or if it has past or present design related companies you may have worked for, or maybe you have an in depth knowledge of a related subject that just might get your foot in the door.

An art portfolio must be your most professional work to date, it must not contain unfinished sketches or anything that doesn't look polished and finished. It should also include a range of artworks that suit different mediums if possible, as you want to convey that you can reach many audiences with your art even if you are going for one art niche area at the time of portfolio submission. Typically, a rock solid portfolio shows off what art you can do and it doesn't create doubt in the minds of whoever views it.

Building your own art portfolio can take a physical portfolio case form or something of an online gallery form, I suggest you do both, because in the digital age now we are becoming more and more reliant on the Internet to share information and so it's only natural that we deliver our portfolios in as many methods as possible for our potential clients and any employers wishing to hire you for an artists role as a designer or illustrator.

So to clarify, an art portfolio must contain in the following pages...

  • A Contents page
  • Finished pencil sketches
  • Finished painted artwork
  • A range of art, not all the same
  • A CV or Resume
  • Contact - so that anyone viewing your portfolio can contact you back.
  • Any published work (This could be freelance or amateur publications, which you can still include, as it is your visual starting points.)

An art portfolio is what you make it and so therefore, it is in your hands to make it as appealing as possible and attractive to any future employers of your work. Look at your art portfolio as your handy marketer, it will display your very best work and will do all of your selling, so make it a good one to view.


Building Your Art Portfolio

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    • glassvisage profile image


      11 years ago from Northern California

      Good advice for the artist! Thanks!

    • ClicksnAds profile image


      11 years ago from Fairmount

      I would listen to the man, people. He's a talented and professional artist.


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