Portfolio Tips: Tidy Your S**t

Portfolio Tips: Tidy Your S**t

Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a cooking show. I mean it. Physically extend your arm. You may be alone in your apartment or scrolling on your phone while ignoring your friends (interconnectivity is for losers) but channel the bridge of your favorite mid-2010s pop song and throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care. And I’m giving you RANGE – from Great British Bake Off to Hell’s Kitchen! ANY cooking show. Do it, coward. Raise your hand.

Marcus Ryell, 3D/2D Artist

If you don’t have your hand raised, you either haven’t seen a cooking show or you’re refusing to follow my instructions (good for you – don’t be a sheep). Either way, I’ll cut to the chase: it’s all about presentation.

Just like an artist’s portfolio, a chef’s perfectly-made dish can still crumble without proper presentation. So no matter how good your stuff is, pay attention and DON’T miss these simple and effective steps on your portfolio. Or I will go Gordon Ramsay on your ass.

The Art Stuff

Stick with a range of 10-20

Let me be clear, you should have 30+ portfolio-perfect pieces ready to use. When it comes to submitting a portfolio, you can then customize the pieces that fit the assignment or job description. You don’t want to overwhelm the person reviewing your portfolio with a bunch of work they didn’t need to see anyways. Think of yourself as a curator of your own art.

Stop guessing what the employer/client wants- just choose your best work

Have you never seen a teen romance movie?? Don’t submit half-decent work just because you think it’s more likely to impress them. As long as you are within the parameters of the job description at hand, you’re golden. Pick your best stuff. Only then will the hunky quarterback notice you.

Johnny Fraser, 3D Character Artist

Include descriptions to show off your knowledge

Similar to a side of guacamole, this step is optional and extra. But it will make the final product WAYY better. If you include a sentence or two explaining your workflows, your employer can rest easy knowing you didn’t just follow a hand-holder tutorial. People want to know you can reliably create art, not sometimes make something cool. So show them.

Don’t shy away from your style

Your 10-20 pieces should include the variety that demonstrates your range. But this doesn’t mean you need to pick 15 totally different pieces. Show them who you are and what you like to do! Much like Ariel the Little Mermaid, you can sell your (artistic) voice. Just do it for a paycheck, not a SIMP like Prince Eric.

Kevin Christian Muljadi, Digital Sculptor
The Practical Stuff

Blurb a bio

Nobody wants to work with someone who sucks. Prove that you’re not super lame with your bio! Sum up your educational and work experience, sprinkle in some hobbies, maybe your pet’s name. This can be a good place to showcase your personality in an informative way.

Jon Juarez, Freelance Artist

Link platforms where you post

Remember when I told you to pick just 10-20 pieces? Here’s your loophole. Include the platforms where you regularly post your art. If they want to explore more of your work, they’ll check them out! Just make sure you’re ready for potential employers to skim your socials!

Flash some references

Oh you dropped something – THE NAME OF A SUPER COOL PROFESSIONAL YOU TOOK A WORKSHOP WITH AYO!!! Think of this as testimonials. OxiClean would be nothing without Billy May’s screamed approval. Find your Billy Mays.

Contact info

I swear. If you don’t include your email and number, you are officially an idiot sandwich.

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