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8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

Elisha-Rio Apilado

Art is always evolving — constantly developing with the help of world and social trends, new technologies and so much more. As artists, we must keep up with these changes. Not only because our passion necessitates new ideas and new inspirations, but also because the artwork we previously thought to be finished, might now look painfully incomplete — such is the life of a creative. In an artist’s mind, there’s always room for improvement. Or, room for more experimentation to make one idea flourish into another.

Because of these realities, your portfolio should continually be changing. Just because you’ve selected your best work for your book once, doesn’t mean you should never ever touch it again. Or that you’ll never create anything better for that matter. That’s crazy!

Throughout your art career, you WILL learn new skills and new software. You may even come across new concepts that you’ll want to execute. As you mature as an artist, the art that you created earlier in your career may not be on par with the kind of artist you are today.

This means updating! Yes it might seem like a lot of work, but it’s worthwhile. But a word to the wise: When updating your portfolio you might find it easy to slip into trashing your old works — don’t. Instead, use the process to discover how far you and your art have come, the new talents you’ve discovered since your last portfolio update and where you’d like your work to be in the future.

So how to do you begin to manage your portfolio or even know when updating is needed? Here are some helpful tips:

1. Have an online and hard copy portfolio.

Your job as an artist, aside from creating, is to make your art easily accessible to employers, clients and followers. Keeping this in mind, the majority of the time employees or potential clients find it easier to access an artist’s portfolio online. You must have both a hard copy and online portfolio for this reason.

You must also clearly represent your work by properly taking photos of your paintings, drawings and hard copy designs. It doesn’t matter how great your work looks in person — if the quality of your picture is fuzzy, out of focus or the lighting is bad, you will look unprofessional. It’s also very important to keep these examples of your work organized. Especially if you do a lot of art in various mediums.

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