Every artist needs a suitable portfolio. No matter how talented you are, it may become difficult to show people what you can and have been able to achieve if you lack a good portfolio to back up your talent. Artists present their portfolios to art galleries and employers or even when entering competitions. This important document should be carefully prepared because it's what speaks for the artist and showcases his ability. The process of coming up with a suitable art portfolio that will clearly showcase your abilities as an artist, shouldn't be a challenging task. Here are a couple of tips to get you started.
Choose 5 or 6 samples of your best work
A portfolio gives you the opportunity to wow the next potential employer or art gallery by showing them your ability. You may not be able to include all the work that you've been doing for years but don't be afraid to show off. You need to put your best examples especially if you are a highly experienced artist. If you are still in school then you may want to show your growth as an artist overtime by including pieces of artwork that were not really perfect. It shows that your talent has been nurtured over the years.
Ask for the opinion of others
What you may consider your best work may not be what other people think. That's why it's important to ask the opinion of others when choosing pieces of artwork to include in your portfolio. What did people like most? You can consider the artwork that got the most positive feedback and include it in your portfolio. Don't just include what you really liked. But remember you are the one in control of what goes into your portfolio so your opinion also matters.
Allow your portfolio to grow naturally
There are many artists who create artwork based on what will look good on their portfolio. This is certainly not a good way of doing things. You need to allow your portfolio to grow organically. You can't start making pieces of artwork because you think they will blend perfectly with the portfolio. Forget about the portfolio when creating artwork and allow your creativity to push you in a different direction. A good portfolio should show the artist's ability to think outside the box and not just follow one pattern of doing things.
Make your portfolio stand out
Your portfolio allows you to stand out. You may stand out because of something creative or funny so long as it is uniquely yours. You don't need to copy what someone else did or try too hard to create a portfolio that looks like the standard ones you've seen. If an employer is presented with hundreds of portfolios, he/she is likely to choose the one that stands out so do your best to come up with impressive creations that no one else has in your industry. Remember that all the work you will be showcasing in your portfolio is done by you.
Stephan Schoeppler is an abstract artist living in Destin, Florida. He specializes in Modern Abstract Art and Contemporary Art. He also creates Commercial Art as well as Art by Commission. http://artbystephanos.com