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Geoffrey loves it when people come to his Gallery.…
specially if they want to buy something. But he doesn’t mind browsers either and I love them. For me the Gallery is a place to showcase my best work. Which means I want people to see it of course. Geoffrey will just have to suck it up.
I have two types of work displayed in my portfolio. My watercolor work and my pencil work. I do other work as well like the line work you see on the coloring pages but I like to keep my main portfolio simple.
From my portfolio there is a link to my print shop. You can go there to buy Prints, Laptop Skins, Cards and Phone cases etc. that feature my art. I have quite a variety in the shop but if there is ever an illustration in my Gallery or on my blog that you can’t find there and you’d like it just send me an email request and I can post it for you to buy.
What is an Illustration Portfolio?
Today we use this word to mean a grouping of the works of art by an artist. Illustrators use portfolios to showcase their abilities as artists usually for the purpose of getting hired to do illustration work.
Illustration Portfolios can be any grouping of art by the illustrator but to make them “good” there are some guidelines to follow.
The work needs to be in one consistent style. People hiring illustrators want to know what they are going to get. If a portfolio has three oil paintings, one watercolor and some pen work it is less likely they will want to hire that artist because they don’t know if they will get the pen work or the oil paintings. If you like to work in many mediums or styles create more than one portfolio.
Keep it simple and cut down the amount of pieces you display.
When you are starting out it is easy to keep the number of pieces you have in your portfolio down. Sometimes it is hard just to get enough for a consistent portfolio. As you work the amount of good art you have will continue to grow. In your portfolio you want your best work or even better than your best. When I force myself to only have a specific number of pieces I have to get rid of the less great ones. The result is a better portfolio. For more in-depth advice check out this post on Illustration Island.
Get advice about your best work from people you trust.
I don’t remember where I first heard this advice but recently I used it to help me pick the pieces in my current portfolio. I took a big pile of my pieces to some of my illustration friends and had them tell me what they thought should go into my portfolio. Although you could get good feedback from almost anyone people with a background in what you want would probably be the best. I have a critique group of illustrators that I meet with. They had great feedback for me.
When you get feedback it’s always good to filter why people do or don’t like certain pieces. If everyone likes a piece it’s a pretty good bet that it is a good one. If some pieces are iffy to the group seriously consider letting it go. Ask your friends why they do or don’t like a piece this can also help you decide what to keep.
Tomorrow I’ll show you the Contact Page and you can meet Harding the pigeon handler.
Now I have a question for you. Use the comment form below to answer or reply on my Facebook page.
What illustration portfolio advice have you heard that has been really helpful to you?