What is PurplePort?

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PurplePort.com is a FREE portfolio hosting & networking site for models, photographers, makeup artists, retouchers and other associated industries.

Started by Cheltenham based photographers & web developers Russ Freeman and Scott Watson in early 2011, the site has leaped forward in terms of growth reaching levels of activity neither of us could have dreamed for at this early stage in the sites life. In just 6 months we have over 2,400 active users on the site

Our aim is a simple one; To create an essential place for models, photographers, stylists and everyone involved in the creation of great images to get together, network, socialise and hopefully work together.

We’re not shy about our goals. We’re aiming to be number one. We’re aiming to be the best so in everything we do perfection is where we’ll stop.

Many have criticized the need for “another” portfolio hosting website, but our frustration was that all our competitors websites are based around forums of one sort or another and have hacked designs based on old technology. This is 2012 and a world with Facebook, Twitter, Google and Tumblr - It’s about time we had a portfolio hosting website that is built on modern web standards embraced the world of the socialweb.

To see how we compare to the “big 3” existing websites, take a look at our Feature Comparison page.

If you aren’t already a member on PurplePort, then you are missing it. It is free to setup your account and takes about 5 minutes. You get unlimited images on your portfolio, unlimited messages to interact with other members, unlimited castings to advertise your work and find local creatives and most importantly you get unlimited love from everyone that is part of the PurplePort community.

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists: Sharon Louden

“In this day and age, when art has become more of a commodity and art school graduates are convinced that they can only make a living from their work by attaining gallery representation, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how a professional, contemporary artist sustains a creative practice over time. The forty essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life are written in the artists’ own voices and take the form of narratives, statements, and interviews. Each story is different and unique, but the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, inside and outside the studio. Both day-to-day and big picture details are revealed, showing how it is possible to sustain a creative practice that contributes to the ongoing dialogue in contemporary art. These stories will inform and inspire any student, young artist, and art enthusiast and will help redefine what "success” means to a professional artist.“

It is recommended that you submit drawings done from observation and not drawings that are copied from photographs. You are free to submit whichever you like but do note that, in addition to technique, you will be assessed on concept and originality and drawings copied from photos generally are not evaluated very high in those areas. It is fine to use photos as reference for part(s) of a drawing but, again, copying a photo in its entirety is not recommended. If you took the photos you are drawing from, perhaps you could just submit the photographs instead of the drawings.

Art Critiques: A Guide by James Elkins

“Second edition, revised and expanded. This is a guidebook for art students at the college level (BA, BFA, MFA, PhD). Compared to other books on critique, this book is more colorful, more engaging, and less formal. "James Elkins is one of the world’s leading educators in the visual arts. In Art Critiques: A Guide, Elkins shines his bright light across the long overlooked shadowland of studio education. Beautifully written and easy to use, this book is an absolute must for art students and faculty alike.” -George Smith, Founder & President, Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. “Elkins introduces refreshing commonsense in the tired and tiresome activity of the critique of art works by students. A dissection geared to avoid or delay a future autopsy of the field, the book uses case studies that teach as much about "how to” as they do about ‘how not to.’ A nice and often funny exercise in debunking, Art Critiques: A Guide is also a fascinating analysis of the successes and failures in communication among people.“ -Luis Camnitzer, Professor Emeritus, State University of New York, and Pedagogical Advisor to the Cisneros Foundation.”

50 Influential Graphic Designers to Follow on Twitter

“If you’re interested in graphic design, you can keep up with the latest trends in the field by following these graphic designers and maybe learn a few tricks along the way. While not all of them are exclusively graphic designers (as in, they are usually also writers, art directors, creative directors, artists, and more), they all make the conversation online worth being a part of. Why wouldn’t you take free advice?”

Unrigging the Admissions System

Some sound advice for writing admission essays:

“Make sure your application is entirely, 100 percent free of typos, grammatical errors, and incorrect punctuation. (You think this is obvious? Then you haven’t spent much time reading personal essays.) Remember that “standing out” is admissions code for “crazy”: Don’t write your essay on cringe-worthy topics like naked yoga (true story), or in “clever” formats like rap and iambic pentameter. And don’t stalk me or the admissions office; don’t send food, gifts, or money. That’s the basic stuff, but I’ve offered more specific guidance on my blog based on my experience reading almost 25,000 admissions files. For instance, “I Love to Argue” is not a particularly sophisticated (or original) theme for an essay to law school. Also, you should know the difference between an obstacle (like being a political refugee, or having faced a serious illness) and a disappointment (like not making a sports team)—and you might be better off not writing about either. Other essay topics to avoid include comparisons between Yale and Star Trek, imaginary conversations with Socrates, and pickup lines addressed to the reader, which leave me wondering whether I should reject the applicant or call my Title IX coordinator.”