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Why You Need a Kickass Portfolio for Your Art

Updated on June 18, 2019

The important role that portfolios, both of the physical and online variety, play in the world of art can never be overstated. They are the difference between artists being commissioned professional jobs and them forever only ever producing work that they alone get to see. If you’re an aspiring artist, then, one of the most important jobs that you face is the task of building your portfolio.

Why stop at just building one, though? Why not go the whole hog by making sure that your portfolio is well and truly kickass! By ensuring this to be the case, your chances of success in the world of art will be sure to double…

Still not convinced? Read on to find out why you need a kickass portfolio for your art.

It can ‘speak’ for you

As an artist, you may be more conformable with communicating your thoughts and feelings through the artwork that you create, rather than through words. This can result in a few hurdles arising on your career path, as you need to be able to advertise your work if you’re to stand any chance of anybody actually taking the time to look at it.

This is where a portfolio will come in handy. By creating one, you stand a chance of being able to convince potential employers to delve deeper into your body of work without actually having to open up a dialect with them.

If your portfolio of work is good enough, it will say everything that you want an need it to say about your art credentials.

It can help you to fight copyright infringement

As an artist, you will be aware of just how important copyright infringement is — as an artist, you will also know that it is near impossible for you to register every piece of work that you create with the proper authorities. Because of this stark reality, you and pretty much every other artist out there in the world today face potential claims of copyright infringement being made against you. With a portfolio by your side, though, you can fight back against such claims, as you will be able to prove that your work is, in fact, unique and not at all plagiarised. What’s more, if you date your pieces and keep them in chronological order, you will be able to provide evidence about the timeline of the piece in question’s creation.

It can serve as both a point of reference and personal reflection

It goes without saying that a portfolio will act as a point of reference for your artwork when you come to selling it and your artistic capabilities to professional bodies. It can, however, also act as a point of personal reflection. With your past pieces in such easy reach, you always have the ability to look back at your past style and study how much you have changed since then. With this information readily at hand, you can diagnose whether or not you need to change anything about your current style.

There are no two ways about it, as the above information shows, you need a kickass portfolio!


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