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. 

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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! Start by updating your CGC Portfolio and share it with others. 

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Everyday is a rededication. I love nothing more than drawing and helping others deepen their understanding of working with art. I proudly rooted myself in Wisconsin and have worked with CG Cookie for 4 years and started Concept Cookie when I was first brought on. Now I enjoy the weekly livestreams and the community that has built up since.
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