How To: Create an artist portfolio

Create an artist portfolio

How to Create an artist portfolio

Presentation matters. Make sure you have the best shot of getting your artwork out there by putting together a pleasing and professional artist portfolio. Include your best work and make everything look finished and neat.

An artist portfolio can become a portable gallery if constructed properly – find out how.

You Will Need

* Your own vision
* Original artwork
* A critic
* A document scanner
* A digital camera

Step 1: Establish a goal and vision

Establish a goal and a vision for your portfolio by understanding who your audience is, what you want to show them, and what type of response you'd like.

Step 2: Select your best work

Select your best work to include in the portfolio. Use only finished prints that are matted, signed, dated, and titled.

Step 3: Be sure prints are free of fingerprints

Be sure your prints are free of fingerprints, and that mats are well cut with straight lines.

Step 4: Find a critic

Get a friend or colleague to critique your work to ensure it is well edited. A second pair of eyes always helps.

Know what the viewers of your portfolio want to see, and tailor it as needed. Keep several selections of work for specific audiences.

Step 5: Create a digital portfolio

Create a digital portfolio with scanned documents and digital photographs. House these on your computer in a folder titled "Portfolio."

Did you know? About 63 percent of artists work as self-employed professionals.

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