Hi,

I am in the process of creating another art portfolio and would love to get some ideas on how to make a really creative one. 

Mersea

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Hi Julia,

What will your art portfolio be used for? Is it something you want to show gallery owners, or something you want to create for yourself, or is it a web portfolio for your website, or something else? More info would be handy to help us know what kind of portfolio you are seeking advice about.

I sent my portfolio to a Managerial group and ranked in the top 20 out of 800, unfortunately they only had 15 contracts and no one decided not to take theres so I just missed it. They want me to update and do more things in my portfolio to spruce it up even though they liked the other one. So, here I am working on a new portfolio.

Hi Julia

I exhibited at a local art fair recently and a few people asked me for a catalogue.

What I subsequently did was to categorise my work ie. Paintings – sculptures – Paper art – etc.

I then subdivided each category into sub categories and identified each item with an alpha numeric code that I wrote on each piece.

ie.

 

SCULPTURES

 

CLAY                         CASTINGS                            PAPER                                   VEGE CARVINGS

CLsclp-01                   Cst-01                                     Psclp-01                                  Vcrv-01

 

I found it prudent to determine how I was going to categorize my work before I labelled it. 

I then photographed each item and put a watermark on each photo for protection

TSR is an excellent free download program that is easy to use and can do batch marking.

It was now easy to group the coded photographs of all my work in an album for publishing.

If potential buyers want to see a selection of any particular category, I can then email just that group of photos to them.

The beauty is that my photos are protected by my watermark. 

This is quite a lot of work depending on how much stuff you have in your portfolio and it may not work for you but it has served to tidy up my photographic portfolio tremendously.

Have fun

Rusty

Thanks you for your input.

Rusty Roestorf said:

Hi Julia

I exhibited at a local art fair recently and a few people asked me for a catalogue.

What I subsequently did was to categorise my work ie. Paintings – sculptures – Paper art – etc.

I then subdivided each category into sub categories and identified each item with an alpha numeric code that I wrote on each piece.

ie.

 

SCULPTURES

 

CLAY                         CASTINGS                            PAPER                                   VEGE CARVINGS

CLsclp-01                   Cst-01                                     Psclp-01                                  Vcrv-01

 

I found it prudent to determine how I was going to categorize my work before I labelled it. 

I then photographed each item and put a watermark on each photo for protection

TSR is an excellent free download program that is easy to use and can do batch marking.

It was now easy to group the coded photographs of all my work in an album for publishing.

If potential buyers want to see a selection of any particular category, I can then email just that group of photos to them.

The beauty is that my photos are protected by my watermark. 

This is quite a lot of work depending on how much stuff you have in your portfolio and it may not work for you but it has served to tidy up my photographic portfolio tremendously.

Have fun

Rusty

Hello Julia,

what type of tweaking and sprucing up were suggested?

An Art Business Portfolio can be more different than the one to be taken at fairs etc etc

As Rusty has suggested, a select number of the best artwork, in various styles and techniques is best to send to Managerial Groups. Sometimes a short paragraph with the thought processing and the development of the piece would be needed so that the viewer, would understand the artist behind the work, and his/her problem solving skills and creative outbursts...
For an art fair or exhibition... it is different... you can have 1 portfolio with categorizations/styles ... or separate small portfolios that sample different genres (this way interested clients can see a big picture of the Art that they like)

Looking forward to your feedback
best of luck
Ton-Ton

To Change a Format : What is meant by that is how one perceives/views your artwork. In this case, it pertains to your portfolio. Re-evaluate your work, include only your best artwork, think of an order in which it is to be viewed, first impressions last a lifetime, make the person viewing your work want to see more, artwork is the true expression of the artist. Take sometime and refresh your portfolio, make it stand out, give it some pizzaz !

Anton Abela said:

Hello Julia,

what type of tweaking and sprucing up were suggested?

An Art Business Portfolio can be more different than the one to be taken at fairs etc etc

As Rusty has suggested, a select number of the best artwork, in various styles and techniques is best to send to Managerial Groups. Sometimes a short paragraph with the thought processing and the development of the piece would be needed so that the viewer, would understand the artist behind the work, and his/her problem solving skills and creative outbursts...
For an art fair or exhibition... it is different... you can have 1 portfolio with categorizations/styles ... or separate small portfolios that sample different genres (this way interested clients can see a big picture of the Art that they like)

Looking forward to your feedback
best of luck
Ton-Ton

OK... basically you need to find those 10-20 amazing works that really pop and leave the viewers flabbergasted or talking about them...
just select a sample of works (once I saw a portfolio with only details of large-scale paintings - don't know if this helped in wanting the people to look/search for more)

make sure that the work reflects some sort of specialization.... a sense of way

Place your very two best artworks at important spots within the portfolio, most likely 1 at the front; and one at the back... front the one that has pizzaz (a very eye-catching piece) - back the one that would leave a lasting impression (pizzaz)
personally I would advice to keep 1 artwork per page
be sure that the in-betweens are attention grabbers

keep the same format of the page... if the artwork is at the near centre with a little caption underneath, keep this layout for all the rest...
if you want the format to be more free (avant-garde), do so with some thought and logic - without confusing the viewer

choose the right portfolio (with sleeves preferably - careful of ring binders)... make sure that the portfolio is neat and secure.... content needs to be protected, even if these are prints (you show that you respect your work) - thus, no loose pages, paper clips holding notes, or tape, if possible
keeping it organised reflects: strong commitment, maturity, organisation, and keeping with deadlines

add a one pager with short paragraphs containing a brief resume' or an Art statement if possible ... make sure this also grabs the attention of the viewer - if it is well designed and presented, it means you have some good presentation skills :)

Hope this was helpful... tried not to bombard you
what do you think?

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Anton Abela said:

OK... basically you need to find those 10-20 amazing works that really pop and leave the viewers flabbergasted or talking about them...
just select a sample of works (once I saw a portfolio with only details of large-scale paintings - don't know if this helped in wanting the people to look/search for more)

make sure that the work reflects some sort of specialization.... a sense of way

Place your very two best artworks at important spots within the portfolio, most likely 1 at the front; and one at the back... front the one that has pizzaz (a very eye-catching piece) - back the one that would leave a lasting impression (pizzaz)
personally I would advice to keep 1 artwork per page
be sure that the in-betweens are attention grabbers

keep the same format of the page... if the artwork is at the near centre with a little caption underneath, keep this layout for all the rest...
if you want the format to be more free (avant-garde), do so with some thought and logic - without confusing the viewer

choose the right portfolio (with sleeves preferably - careful of ring binders)... make sure that the portfolio is neat and secure.... content needs to be protected, even if these are prints (you show that you respect your work) - thus, no loose pages, paper clips holding notes, or tape, if possible
keeping it organised reflects: strong commitment, maturity, organisation, and keeping with deadlines

add a one pager with short paragraphs containing a brief resume' or an Art statement if possible ... make sure this also grabs the attention of the viewer - if it is well designed and presented, it means you have some good presentation skills :)

Hope this was helpful... tried not to bombard you
what do you think?

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