Thanks for all the great emails and questions about putting a portfolio together. I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out. I’ve derived the content from from my own experience and internships before having a full-time job. As you’ll read, a portfolio is the most important thing you’ll do when applying to a job. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible.
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 I 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 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!
"Trial Drawings No. 1. These were trial sketches of A Bride’s Story that I did before it got its place as a series. I drew all sorts of faces and clothes to see how they came out. These seem less like Central Asia and more like Georgia or Azerbaijan or some of the other Caucasus Mountains regions. "
If you thought I was joking when I said I would probably illustrate the whole fic, Then I’m afraid you were wrong. There are way too many moments that I need to picture (all of the moments to be precise)
Someone was asking for pictures of the spirits— I don’t have a lot of them as they were previously considered spoiler territory so what I do have is super hard to find. I know there’s a couple more somewhere but ive named them randomly so they are here somewhere but I just dunno where!