Become an Artist >> Browse Articles

Browse Portfolio Tips Articles

  • +17

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Art Portfolio Fresh
    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 ...
    Rated: +17
  • +4

    Does Your Portfolio Make a Good First Impression?

    Does Your Portfolio Make a Good First Impression?
    In the first 5 seconds that an Art Director visits your website, they are making critical judgments about you and your work, for better or worse. That’s why it’s so important to give your landing page the attention it deserves. While I’ve always believed in the power of making a strong first impression with your portfolio website, I have gained a ...
    Rated: +4
  • +8

    The 5 Most Impactful Portfolio Pieces

    It’s easy to second guess yourself about what you should and shouldn’t put in your portfolio. Is this rock poster going to make the creative director see my talent? Or would this corporate brochure be a better choice? You shouldn’t put more than a dozen pieces in your book (at most), so you need to make sure every sample is ...
    Rated: +8
  • +4

    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork

    How To Properly Photograph Your Artwork
    In a recent coaching session, someone asked me if they their art photography represented their actual work. I knew this person’s work (as I have seen the actual physical pieces) and, honestly, they really didn’t do the work justice. That led to my thinking . . . how many others’ digital images of their artwork are just not “cutting the mustard?” ...
    Rated: +4
  • +3

    Make Art Directors HATE Your Web Portfolio

    Make Art Directors HATE Your Web Portfolio
    Does your portfolio website turn Art Directors away? With the official launch of EFII’s Portfolio Workshop on my mind, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about some basic things that drive Art Directors crazy when looking at Illustration portfolios. We all know that your portfolio website is one of your most important tools for marketing and promotion. It’s your ...
    Rated: +3
  • +165

    7 Elements of an Effective Portfolio Website

    7 Elements of an Effective Portfolio Website
    Over the span of 7 days, I recently explored the most important elements that make up a successful online portfolio website, and how to use them to the best effect starting with a post about your site design. To read all the parts of the series, simply click on the links in the list below to direct you to the corresponding ...
    Rated: +165
  • +4

    Site Design for an Effective Portfolio Website

    Site Design for an Effective Portfolio Website
    Site Design The primary element to consider is your overall website design. Whether you are building from scratch, or using some of the many online portfolio services (which I’ll highlight in the future), there are some basic concepts that you should keep in mind when creating the look and feel of your site. The reason that I am beginning this series ...
    Rated: +4
  • +2

    Image Galleries on Your Portfolio Website

    Image Galleries on Your Portfolio Website
    Ok, so now we get to the juicy part. The Image Gallery For obvious reasons, the gallery is usually the section of a portfolio website that an Illustrator gives the most attention to. After all, this is where you get to show off your babies. As pointed out in Part 1 of this series, however, too much focus on this part ...
    Rated: +2
  • +3

    Add an About Page on Your Portfolio Website

    Add an About Page on Your Portfolio Website
    The About Page Okay. It’s time to let your visitor know that you’re human. A captivating, well-branded site design and a stunning image gallery is the perfect one-two punch when it comes to drawing a potential client into your world. Now that you’ve gotten their attention, the best way to go for a knockout is an effective About page. Why Do ...
    Rated: +3
  • +2

    Testimonials Equal a Winning Portfolio Website

    Testimonials Equal a Winning Portfolio Website
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page. Now that you’ve impressed them with your work and told them about who you are, how do you prove that you’re not just fancy pictures and big talk? The Testimonial As you probably know, working as a professional ...
    Rated: +2
  • +1

    Blog It For a Better Portfolio Website

    Blog It For a Better Portfolio Website
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page. We’ve even gone a step further in making our case as a seasoned professional by including a list of recent projects and testimonials. Now that you’ve proven your worth as an Illustrator, how do you get your visitor ...
    Rated: +1
  • +1

    Reveal Your Creative Process in Your Web Portfolio

    Reveal Your Creative Process in Your Web Portfolio
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to make the most of your website design, image gallery, and About page, as well as the benefits of including testimonials and a blog. Now we’re going to explore the reasons that you should consider using your site to educate your potential clients on your creative process. You can also read ...
    Rated: +1
  • +2

    The Call to Action on Your Web Portfolio

    The Call to Action on Your Web Portfolio
    In previous parts of this series, we’ve focused on how to approach the design of your website, image gallery, and About page. We’ve shown a proven record of successful projects, given them the opportunity to dig a little deeper with a blog, and even educated them on how we work. So how do you get them to take the most crucial ...
    Rated: +2
  • +11

    How To Create a Graphic Design Portfolio

    How To Create a Graphic Design Portfolio
    Your portfolio is your most prized possession and the single most important employment tool. Sure, a degree from a prestigious art school and glowing recommendations can give you a boost, but if you can’t back up the credentials with impressive artwork, you won’t get the job. Your creative book not only shows what you can do but also reveals how you ...
    Rated: +11
  • +20

    Create Your Best Portfolio for Graduate School

    Create Your Best Portfolio for Graduate School
    Putting together a portfolio for graduate school can be a daunting task. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind to help guide you through the process. You can also apply these guidelines to your portfolio after you graduate and are applying for grants, residencies, and gallery shows. Step one: Get quality images that reflect your work well. You’ll need ...
    Rated: +20
  • +24

    Create the Design Portfolio that Will Get the Job

    Create the Design Portfolio that Will Get the Job
    Pack that Portfolio When we get ready to graduate from those long days of design school, it's time to think about our portfolios. What do we include in there? What kinds of work should we show? Do we just throw every project in it? I have a few thoughts on this and want to share them with you. The Best of ...
    Rated: +24
  • +44

    Portfolio Development for Artists

    Portfolio Development for Artists
    Your artistic portfolio is a valuable tool in your arsenal as an artist, and it is often the first opportunity you have to impress and influence those in charge of making the decisions that affect you and your work. By developing and preparing a professional portfolio, every artist is taking a step towards ensuring their own success. In general, a portfolio ...
    Rated: +44
  • +9

    Selecting The Right Art Portfolio

    Selecting The Right Art Portfolio
    A sharp-looking portfolio with crystal-clear pages lets your work speak for itself. The choice of a presentation strategy for a portfolio is as individual as the artist. Some choose the most neutral black zipper case with plain, clear pages; others create a completely customized look based on nontraditional containers and accessories. Here is some information about portfolio types and what type ...
    Rated: +9

Find the right campus or online art or design program for you!


All Members' Recent Activity

Photo_user_blank_big
burneyguy222 reviewed the product: "Brain Ammo", 8 minutes ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
xml reviewed the product: "http://www.stoprapeinconflict.org/xml/_putlocker_hd_watch...", 27 minutes ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
adingin reviewed the product: "http://www.stoprapeinconflict.org/ninjaturtlestea/_movie_...", about 1 hour ago.
Photo_user_blank_big
singhbling reviewed the product: "http://cmclove.org/cp/?p=66438", about 1 hour ago.