Portfolio Tips

Tim Hodge (former Disney artist and an Executive Producer on 3-2-1 Penguins!) recently posted some great tips on assembling your portfolio:

Portfolio Submissions

If you are an art student, job hunting, or just trying to break into commercial art or animation, this is some great stuff to know when interviewing for a position. Since Hodge’s background is in the animation industry, his advice is geared towards landing a job in that field. However, much of what he says can also apply to the fields of illustration or graphic design.

Yes, even if you freelance.

The internet is the new and improved way for a freelancer to show off his/her work, but that doesn’t mean the old-school physical portfolio is entirely obsolete. While a website will do the lion’s share of your self-promotion, there will still be times when you have to present your portfolio to potential clients face-to-face. Especially local clients. In the last month I’ve actually shown my book twice: Once at the Hasbro freelance fair where it was thumbed through by several dozen people, and just last week when an art director at a local ad agency asked me to come in and show my work to his creative team as a sort of pseudo-interview.

And of course, if you are interviewing for a full-time position you will almost certainly need to carry a portfolio with you to interviews. If so, be sure to heed Hodge’s advice.

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2 thoughts on “Portfolio Tips

  1. Thanx for the plug, Cedric!
    I most certainly agree with you. Your advice is great addition to mine. Of course, I was speaking mainly to new art school grads looking for work (and full time work, at that).
    Speaking as someone who has hired freelancers, I think a balance of portfolio to website work is a good idea. I get names from friends and other personal recommendations. And it’s easier to check out a website first before I make a call. A certain amount of getting a job is, in fact, who you know. But I always keep an eye out for a new talent. Always be prepared to drop your name to a potential new client.
    But above everything, the best thing to have is great work. (That’s how Cedric stays so busy!)

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