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8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

Elisha-Rio Apilado

2. Always keep it recent.

You’ve grown as an artist. The time between your first art piece to your second (after practicing and understanding your field) will vastly differ. And, you’re fooling yourself if you believe a professional won’t notice this. It’s exactly what they say, “Practice makes perfect.” And perfection can’t be done in a day. It’s a lifetime commitment. You must demonstrate your updated, mature art skills in order to nab a job. So, artworks that show those advanced skills are necessary. This can mean that you scrap the old work for a whole new concept or that you revamp an old piece into something that shows off your new knowledge and skills.

3. Keep your portfolio and resume consistent.

As creatives, resumes are just words stating what you’ve done. Your portfolio is proof that you’re talented and that you’ve completed what you’ve stated. If you’ve participated in a show, or have done freelance/volunteer art work, include the job duties and client’s name on your resume and have those works in a category of your portfolio.

4. Artist’s statements must represent you.

Many things can inspire you. It may be exposure to a specific kind of art, artist or color. Or, you may have started off loving graphite drawing, but now enjoy illustrating on the computer. Whatever the situation may be, your artist statement (the statement that speaks how you, the artist, views your work and explains why you do what you do) must be up-to-date.

This may require a lot of thinking for oneself. The hardest part is recognizing the ideas and mottos that drive you to create and realizing when they are no longer relevant to your art. You might think it’s rare to be an artist who’s beliefs are erratic and always changing — but it happens. Keep present in the ways you think about your art and it’s creation. Maintaining an up-to-date artist’s statement is a great way to make yourself aware.

5. Editing your artwork may need some teamwork.

Don’t be afraid to show your portfolio to peers, colleagues, or other random artists. Joining artist communities like ArtBistro will allow you to get feedback, critiques and a second pair of eyes. Because it’s oftentimes difficult to be objective about your own artwork, having someone else assess your portfolio is great help. Being open minded to suggestions is of utmost importance and can ultimately help you spruce up you portfolio work. It also allows you to experiment with new ideas and possibly new mediums.

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