Tips for Creating Fine Arts Portfolio

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Professionals, and students who wants to pursue fine arts as a career, should have a portfolio, which will help them to showcase their artwork to the universities, school, client or potential employers.

Fine art portfolio is collection of recent artworks, which can demonstrate potential of an artist’s vision, creative abilities i.e. ideation to visualization to manifestation, and artistic skills using various material, methods / techniques, tools, technology and mediums such as pen, graphite pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastels, mix-media and digital.

Photograph your artwork, design the cover and bind your portfolio. Portfolio should be versatile, impressive, unique and based upon a theme. Artwork can be grouped based upon medium, style or subject and should have collection of at least 15 to 30 best artworks. Portfolio should also have artist statement (300 to 500 words) along with Resume. It is important to give a context to the artwork in order to explain it. Each artwork should have an interesting title, with a story behind which can be explained in the interview or the presentation. Secondary portfolio should include development steps for the portfolio’s artworks, which will enable elevator as how you have started your project till the end.

Depending upon your budget you may avail artist portfolio digitization services from a professional. Better option is to get the artist portfolio website made. If possible, take participate in an visual art exhibitions and attach the evidence for the same.

Depending upon the institute and chosen stream, following can be part of the portfolio –

  • Abstract art
  • Advertisement
  • Animation
  • Book cover
  • Brochures
  • Cartoons & caricatures
  • Character design
  • Craft-work
  • Digital art
  • Drawing from life
  • Drawing from still life
  • Graphic user interface of an app or web application or website
  • Illustrations
  • Infograph
  • Landscape
  • Letter head
  • Links to your audio and videos works
  • Logo
  • Pattern design
  • Photography
  • Portrait
  • Product design
  • Posters
  • Sculpturing
  • Social innovation
  • Spatial design
  • Story-boarding
  • UX/UI
  • Visiting cards
  • Weaving

View sample portfolio at digital portfolio of Artist Surinder Shanker Anand and portfolios of NID students.

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Artist Surinder Shanker Anand

I live in Chandigarh – the City Beautiful, situated in Northern India at Shivalik foothills. Since childhood, I was blessed with innate artistic abilities. My artistic expressions are engaged with the subjects related to humans portrait and body dynamics, nature and spirituality. I like to sketch using pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, mixed media and digital tool such as Wacom Cintiq Pen/Tablet, CorelPainter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Premier, 3Ds Max and ZBrush etc. to create digital artwork. Passion in visual arts lead me to start Shanky Studio, offering a wide range visual arts services such as personalized portraits, customized paintings, graphic design and one-to-one visual arts classes for the students aspiring for various design courses such as NID and NIFT. I have conducted visual arts & craft workshops for Elante Mall and The North Country Mall / VR Punjab and various schools in and around Chandigarh. Some of the activities were directly conducted by me for Marvel Worldwide Inc., Mattel Inc. (Barbie), Rovio Entertainment Ltd. (Angry Birds), Hamleys Toy, Hasbro Inc. (My Little Pony) and Cartoon Network (Dexter’s Laboratory). Shanky Studio is also engaged in various CSR activities such as such as free visual art class, visual art exhibition at no-profit and no-loss basis and free sessions design career counseling. By profession, I am software professional, having over 35 years of experience in the IT, primarily in Analysis/Design, Software Development, Delivery, Project Management and rest of the phases of SDLC. I have worked at on-site with American Express (TX, USA), Nekema Inc (NJ, USA), Premier Inc (NC, USA), Syntel Inc (MI, USA), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (Mohali, India) and Semiconductor Complex Ltd (Mohali, India); and managed various on-site/off-shore Global IT projects. I am Masters in Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, with Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.