Building a Better Portfolio

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Building a Better Portfolio

In our industry today, your portfolio is your strongest asset in landing you a job.

So let’s work on making it the best one possible to show off your current ability and skill level in a presentable, organized manner. There are common mistakes that I see constantly repeated when I review portfolios. Throughout this lesson, I will show you know how to avoid them, as well as how to present yourself in person and create a powerful online presence. Persistence and Tenacity are key when on the hunt to land a job in this industry, whether you are an in-house concept artist or a traveling freelancer.

Persistence and Tenacity are key when on the hunt to land a job in this industry, whether you are an in-house concept artist or a traveling freelancer.

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What You Will Learn

This tutorial gathers tips and guides on building the best portfolio in 9 different sections:

  1. What is a Portfolio?
  2. What Art Should I include
  3. What Do Employers See
  4. Designing the Pages
  5. Printing your Pages
  6. Presentation in Person
  7. Following Up and Emailing
  8. Personal Website
  9. Self-Marketing, Persistence, and Passion

My goal is this: after watching this video, you will have a better idea of how to create your own portfolio and how to market yourself. A lot of the times in this industry, it’s who you know over what you do unfortunately so you really have to make the extra effort to stand out and make yourself be known. I want you to remember to embrace failure and for every time you send out an application and get rejected, send out two more. The artists that have a hardened tenacity to them are the ones that will land a job, it’s just a matter of

Disclaimer: in this industry, it’s often who you know over what you do. But don’t let that stop you: it just means that you have to make the extra effort to stand out and make yourself be known. I want you to remember to embrace failure and for every time you send out an application and get rejected, send out 2 more!

The artists that have a hardened tenacity to them are the ones that will land a job. It’s just a matter of when – not if.

So get out there and start building the best portfolio you can!

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  • Replies: 1

    1.How much time on average does a Art Director spend looking at a portfolio? How much time does an artist have to make an impression?

    2. Which would you say is the more effective? 3 best images as slideshow the first thing an AD sees on the portfolio site or go gallery with a gridsystem to get a full overview?

    I read somewhere that AD typically want to the best of the best work at once and waste no time clicking around to navigate?

    Thanks guys

    6 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Usually art directors (or whomever they choose to check portfolios) spend very very little time looking at them. At least for big companies, they have hundreds of works to look at, and many times they do it in their lunchtime or so, they just flip the pages to get a general idea. My point is: they will like you better if you don’t waste their time. This works for both, paper or digital portfolios.

      5 months ago

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    about what i should post on my portfolio , why should i post my work on CMYK and not RGB?
    what is the difference between them and what is the best one to use for art and printing wallpapers?

    7 months ago

    • Replies: 1

      peng.proj here is my best answer. CMYK is the standard for high quality physical prints. It is intended to produce highly traditional style prints using ink. RGB is a digital color space intended for computer screens and the web. CMYK and RGB behave very differently because of these differences. Unless the print shop you work with tells you otherwise, you should always go for CMYK for print outs of your art and physical wallpapers. I hope this has helped you. If you are still unsure, just ask and I will do my best to help you further.

      7 months ago

      • no actually this is the answer that i really needed thank you no one have ever gave me an convincing answer like this

        7 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Your welcome! Glad my answer helped you with your question.

      7 months ago

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    Andy:

    “Excuses are what pulls you back from getting a job in the CG industry”…. damn that hurts..

    8 months ago

  • Replies: 1

    Hi, is it better to use our real names for our online portfolio profiles (eg. On deviantart, artstation etc.) or are names like my current username sufficient as long as they do not sound offensive?

    8 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      For Professional Reasons, it would be a better idea to use your real name.

      7 months ago

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    Love how spellcheck was misspelled (“speelchk”). Nice touch!

    8 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Always make sure to spallcheck!

      8 months ago

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