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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