Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Making A Successful Portfolio

Thanks for all the great questions about putting a portfolio together recently. I decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out since so many artists have the same questions. 

These are the first five pages in a series of posts about how to layout a portfolio, including content, images, size, material and everything in between. Part 1 is for the artist still deciding what to do for a discipline. I've catered the last three pages to a visual development portfolio for animation but the principles can be applied to any artistic presentation (illustration, design, even interior design).
These are my opinions and I realize there are many ideas out there which are also fantastic. What I have written are simple truths and tips I've learned along the way. This doesn't represent a studio I work for or will work for. I hope it is helpful and can provide some perspective into a competitive portfolio and help you land your next job!   







23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ty!
Thanks so much for this.
I wanted to know what your opinion is on using an iPad or other tablet for showing your portfolio in a more casual setting, like during feedback sessions at conventions.

Kaisla Harju said...

Thank you so much Ty!
This is really helpful, especially now that I'm trying to make a good portfolio.

Ty Carter said...

Anonymous-You are welcome! I think Ipad and tablets are perfect for those types of settings. The best part about them is that you can make sure the colors look perfect before showing. That's a great use of a tablet.

Kaisla-Im glad to hear it's helpful! Good luck with your portfolio

Stephen Anderson said...

Atta boy, Ty! I see this advice as super applicable. Those are similar things that I keep in mind when putting my things together. Great presentation. I liked it!

Lorraine Alvarez Posen said...

Hey Ty. This is awesomely put together. I had to share it on my page - https://www.facebook.com/lorraine.alvarez.posen.art

Amazing work. Take care!

Ty Carter said...

Hey Lorraine, Thank you:) I'm glad you liked it!

Thanks for sharing it on your page!

segun samson said...

wow thanks alot for this.

friv 4 said...

I find your comments really good and everything can be arranged as well as taking the best order.

David Resoluth said...

Hi Ty,

I've been thinking a lot about creating a portfolio and just happened to visit your site today just to find this post of yours. It is really helpful and now I have a better idea of how to create my portfolio!

Thank you!
Regards,
David Resoluth

Katie Payne said...

hmmm. I'll have to look at this closely. You're 'da best.

segun samson said...

this is really helpfull tanks alot

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